Shaheen Meets with New Hampshire Seniors In Dover, Highlights Record of Protecting Social Security and Medicare, Making a Difference for Granite State Veterans
This morning, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen continued her “GOTV-New Hampshire Tour” in Dover, where she met with Granite State seniors at Maple Suites Independent Senior Living Community. Speaking with local seniors, Shaheen discussed her ongoing work to protect Social Security and Medicare, which stands in stark contrast to Scott Brown’s attempts to cut both vital programs. Shaheen also highlighted her ongoing efforts to make sure New Hampshire veterans have the care and programs they need. 35 of the 125 seniors living at Maple Suites are veterans.
“I’ve spent my career working to make sure Social Security and Medicare are there for New Hampshire seniors,” said Shaheen. “Scott Brown’s record shows he would rather give Wall Street a break and let seniors shoulder the burden of cuts to Social Security and Medicare. I’m not afraid to stand up to the special interests to do what’s right, and I’ll never stop fighting to protect Social Security for New Hampshire seniors.”
“When it comes to our veterans, there’s nothing more important than making sure they get the care they deserve,” Shaheen added. “That’s why I made sure this year’s bipartisan VA reform bill included a specific provision for New Hampshire veterans to get care closer to their homes for the first time.”
Jeanne Shaheen knows that New Hampshire’s seniors deserve to retire with dignity and with the confidence that Social Security and Medicare will be preserved. In the Senate, Shaheen opposed a proposal that would cut to Social Security benefits for seniors, and she is also an original cosponsor of the Medicare Protection Act, which would stop Republicans in Washington from turning the program into a voucher system or raising the eligibility age for benefits. A few weeks ago, Shaheen was endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
As New Hampshire’s Senator, Shaheen cut through 30 years of red tape to get New Hampshire veterans a new center in Keene with others coming in Berlin and Colebrook. Earlier this year, she fought for a provision included in the VA reform bill that will allow New Hampshire veterans to get health care close to home outside the VA system for the first time.
When Scott Brown was in the U.S. Senate, he supported a Republican budget that would have forced deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Brown has also said he is open to raising the retirement age and partially privatizing Social Security. And unlike Jeanne Shaheen, Brown supports a proposal that would result in Social Security benefit cuts for New Hampshire seniors. Meanwhile, Scott Brown supported nearly $19 billion in special tax breaks for Wall Street and over $20 billion in tax breaks for the world’s largest oil companies, which made over $90 billion in profits last year.