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Merkley In Eugene Promoting Medicare And Social Security Legislation

Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley was in Eugene today (Thursday) supporting Social Security and Medicare legislation. The Senator is touring the State as part of his "Protecting the Promise to Our Seniors Tour."

Senator Merkley's tour began Wednesday in Astoria, and concludes Friday in Corvallis. He's focusing on promoting two bills affecting seniors. Merkley is a cosponsor of the Medicare Protection Act. The bill would make it difficult for Congress to raise the age eligibility for Medicare and blocks the ability to dismantle it.

Merkley: "Let's recognize that these are not just programs. These are a commitment between the working generation and our retirees, a commitment that must be honored. And as a U.S. Senator I will do everything possible to honor that commitment to protect these programs and to strengthen them."

Merkley also supports a plan to raise social security payouts to keep up with increasing living expenses. Merkley just received the endorsement of the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, a senior advocacy group.

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