May 18, 2011
RE: Council For Retirement Security, a program of Our Generation
Dear Member of Congress,
Now that Congress has irresponsibly allowed our nation to reach its debt limit, Our Generation would like to educate you on some issues that are of concern to America’s seniors about raising the debt limit. In a survey that Our Generation distributed to six million seniors nationwide, nearly 85 percent of respondents indicated that they were concerned with federal budget deficits. Likewise, Our Generation believes that any increase of the debt limit should be coupled with long-term decreases in spending.
Congress should not delay in taking immediate steps to tackle duplicative, wasteful and inefficient government programs. While getting rid of earmarks was a good start, Congress still needs to make deeper cuts to discretionary programs. Any changes to entitlement programs should come after large cuts are made to discretionary programs.
We at the Council for Retirement Security, a program of Our Generation, a non-partisan, nonprofit grassroots citizens group, are dedicated to improving the lives of senior citizens through awareness and advocacy. I hope you find the above information useful and consider our viewpoints as you shape our nation’s spending priorities and other matters of vital importance to America’s expanding senior population.