by Andrew Mangione – This week – amid the uncertainty and drama surrounding the shutdown of the federal government – AMAC carried on with business as usual in Washington. Meeting with a number of members of Congress and individuals on their staffs, AMAC led and facilitated discussions on the issues of importance to mature Americans and seniors by presenting commonsense, conservative solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing our country today.
While many of these meetings serve simply as formal introductions of AMAC to Congress, AMAC leadership is now beginning to revisit many of the offices with which we’ve previously met. Providing updates on the organization gives AMAC an opportunity to highlight our exponential membership growth and recount the many steps we’ve taken to advance our mission of faith, family, and freedom. Our expanding presence on Capitol Hill clearly demonstrates our strength as the fastest growing alternative seniors organization, as well as our ability to influence policy decisions pertaining to the issues that matter most to our members.
AMAC’s members-driven approach to these issues continues to act as a factor that differentiates our organization from all others. AMAC is committed to representing a significant portion of the seniors population in America, who want to see real action taken to make our country stronger for their children and grandchildren. AMAC members expect their representation to be fighting on the frontlines of the policy debates taking place in the nation’s capital, offering solutions and refusing to yield to a government that has forgotten its principles and lost its way.
That’s why AMAC’s focus in Washington continues to center on both entitlement and health care reform. As we interact and communicate with our members, we understand the urgent need to address these concerns and to be part of the solution in fixing them. AMAC doesn’t sit on the sidelines and wait for others to act; AMAC is engaged in what’s happening in Washington. Meeting with lawmakers face-to-face enables us to talk directly and frankly about the problems facing programs like Social Security and our health care system. This honest dialogue must persist and pervade the larger debates taking place on Capitol Hill in order to move our ideas forward.
Still, as our growing membership and advocacy continue to penetrate the inner chambers of Congress, offices with mutually-aligned values have reached out to AMAC for support on legislation, town hall meetings, and legislative input. Many on the Hill recognize AMAC’s ability to impact the discussions taking place at the highest levels of government, and they value AMAC’s positions on these issues. Steadily, AMAC is becoming a more powerful force for conservativism and a significant voice for older Americans.