The report examined key Senate and House votes on issues important to older Americans, including health care repeal, protections for veterans’ health care and lowering clean water standards.
“The record of the Republican Senate leadership is particularly bad on retiree issues,” said ARA President Robert Roach, Jr. “Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Whip John Cornyn, Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch and Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi together took 40 votes on senior issues. Only 2 votes could be considered pro-retiree.”
Among the House of Representatives leadership — including Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise — none cast even a single pro-retiree vote.
“We clearly need changes in our leadership in Washington,” said Roach. “The voting record shows how committed each member of Congress is to the needs of older Americans. It helps us to know who is, and isn’t, on our side.”
The report calculates the percentage of 2016 pro-retiree votes and lifetime percentages for each elected official.