Congress Gets Graded on Senior-Related Issues

Where do your representatives in Congress stand on issues related to seniors?

The Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) recently released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues important to current and future retirees.

Click here to view to view the voting records.

he voting record looks at 10 key votes in both the Senate and the House and assigns a “pro-retiree” score for each member of Congress. Scores reflect a member’s level of support for retirees and older Americans. Members were rated on how they voted on issues such as raising the retirement age, cutting Social Security, privatizing Medicare and turning Medicaid into a block grant. Members who voted against these anti-senior measures got higher pro-retiree scores.

“The first session of the 113th Congress was one of the least productive in modern American history,” said Barbara J. Easterling, President of the Alliance. “It was a year of endless attempts to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and repeal health care reform.”

In total, 47 members of the Senate and 154 members of the House received scores of 100 percent. Sixteen Senate members and 132 House members, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), received scores of zero.

To view the voting record, click here.