KXLH: Senator Tester holds tele-town hall for senior citizens

Nearly 7,000 members of AARP Montana participated in a telephone town hall meeting with U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on Wednesday.

At issue is how Congress will reduce the nation’s deficit without hurting senior benefits.

During the statewide telephone town hall meeting, members of Montana’s AARP asked Tester to protect their senior benefits, namely Social Security and Medicare.

Stanley Dean Smith of Heron stated, “I’m still working at 76 years old and I’m still paying in Social Security and now they want to take more of our money. It doesn’t seem fair.”

Tester told listeners that while the new Congressional “super committee” will be looking at all aspects of cutting the nation’s deficit, he will work to protect senior benefits, saying, “For 75 years people have been paying into Social Security. While it may have started as a safety net for seniors, it has transformed into retirement and for many has recently become a means of survivorship.”

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