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109th Congress Disappointed Seniors in 2006

The following is a summary of an article from the Alliance for Retired Americans website. The articles reports that many of the lawmakers who did the most damage to the health and economic well-being of America’s seniors during the second session of the 109th Congress no longer hold office. The Alliance has been monitoring the senior-issue votes in the House and Senate for six years, and the 2006 Voting Record may mark the end of a disturbing trend of anti-senior sentiment in Congress. The complete is record is posted at www.retiredamericans.org.(When you go to the website, you will see a red box on the left side called, “Congressional Voting Record.” Click on that box. On the next page you can click on the 2006 voting record.)

Two of the six Senate seats that changed from Republican to Democratic hands in the 2006 midterm elections were held by Senators who scored zero on the 2006 voting record, Senators George Allen (VA) and Rick Santorum (PA). “Several of the Senators who disappointed retirees the most lost their seats in the 2006 elections. We are hoping for much better results from their successors,” said George J. Kourpias, President of the Alliance.

Nine House seats which switched from Republican to Democratic control in November had been held by Representatives who scored zero. Those were the seats of Representatives Bob Beauprez (CO), Henry Bonilla (TX), Chris Chocola (IN), Melissa Hart (PA), Jim Kolbe (AZ), Anne Northup (KY), Jim Ryun (KS), Don Sherwood (PA), and Charles Taylor (NC).

How did the Kansas delegation score? (The scoring ranged from 0% to 100%, with 0% being anti-senior votes and 100% being completely pro-senior.) Senate votes: Brownback 10%, Roberts 0%. House of Representative votes: Moran 10%, Ryun 0%, Moore 100%, Tiahrt 10%.


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