The Republican budget plan hurts our senior citizens at a time when they are least able to defend themselves - during their retirement.
Republicans like Jack Kingston think it is a good idea to take away Medicare from our seniors and turn the program into a voucher that won’t pay their current necessities. Our government should keep its promises to our citizens and I will not support any person or program that changes Medicare from a promise to a voucher.
Earlier this week, at President Obama’s Atkinson, IL Town Hall Meeting, Pam Dennis of the Henry County Community Action Agency cited Experience Works as an example of a program that helps people keep their heads above water. The program Ms. Dennis was referring to is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), operated by Experience Works. This year, Congress cut funding for the program 45 percent, despite its long record of success working with older workers, employers, and thousands of community partners. Even the General Accounting Office reported that it is one of the few non duplicative Department of Labor workforce programs, and more importantly, one of the few that dedicates the majority of its funding to the unemployed poor. At this time, more older individuals than ever are desperate for income and are tirelessly searching for work to make ends meet, but need help retooling their skills. Due to the reduction in funding, the Senior Community Service Employment Program is able to help fewer employers and thousands of job seekers are on waiting lists. As President Obama prepares to speak to the nation about jobs, both the Administration and Congress need to rethink the drastic reduction in funding and reinvest in the Senior Community Service Employment Program - a jobs program that works. This affects seniors in Baxley, Hazelhurst, and Jesup, along with 105 other counties and 491 seniors just in the State of Georgia.
Employment & Training Coordinator