The petitions, signed by residents throughout the Southern Tier were presented to both Mr. Plumb and Representative Reed today by AARP representatives.
It’s all in an effort to urge the candidates to commit to working with the new Congress and new presidential administration to update Social Security of the 21st Century. Plumb says protecting and advocating for our seniors is his main goal.
“My overall goal is to protect and defend our seniors, rural areas in particular are higher hit by poverty across the country. Social security as well as Medicare are two extremely important programs, we need someone who will champion our rural seniors in congress,” Plumb said.
Representative Reed says he knows first hand the importance of Social Security, making him passionate about the issue.
“As the youngest of 12 whose father passed when I was two, my mom raised us on Social Security and Military Death Benefits, and I’ll tell you, without those securities I don’t know how we would see ourselves through that so learning from that experience…and I’ve talked to so many seniors across the country and across the district and I can share with them that commitment to make sure that security will be protected and preserved as we have to deal with this problem, I want to deal with that proactively,” Reed said.
According to AARP, there are over 163,000 Social Security recipients in the 23rd District.