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AMAC Delegates Summer 2014: Off to a Great Start!

From AMAC Delegates Elizabeth Farrar and Ken Barber, AL-03:

“AMAC members gathered at the Grace United Methodist Fellowship Hall on Friday morning, June 13, for a member-only meeting with Congressman Mike Rogers,AL-03. AMAC members wanted to learn how Congress would function should the Republicans win the Senate in November while Barack Obama was still President. They also presented their concerns about bloated government spending and sought answers on how to trim the budget. Other AMAC members expressed their concern over bonuses paid to VA employees while the backlog still exists. Congressman Rogers answered all questions frankly and provided an in depth portrayal on how Congress approaches their concerns. At the end of the meeting AMAC Delegate Elizabeth Farrar presented Congressman Rogers with a plaque recognizing him as a Friend of AMAC.”

Congressman Rogers, seated far right, talking with  AMAC members of AL-03

Congressman Rogers, seated far right, talking with
AMAC members of AL-03

Congressman Mike Rogers with his Friend of AMAC plaque

Congressman Mike Rogers with his Friend of AMAC plaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From AMAC Delegate Bob Steinen, MD-01:

“I had a very good meeting this morning with Kevin Reigrut, Chief of Staff, and Mary O’Keeffe, community liaison and my original contact. Kevin was pleasantly surprised when I mentioned at the end of the year we had 3,928 members.  He believes AMAC’s goals matches up well with Congressman Harris’s philosophy.

They are very interested in setting up a members meeting…They do tele-conference calls with constituents and Kevin offered that if AMAC had the funds for this he would be happy to set this up with our members.”

From AMAC Delegate Greg Parker, CA-39:

“I met with Keila Molina …Ms. Molina is a District Representative for Congressman Ed Royce…She had not heard of AMAC, so I first introduced our organization explaining that we are the “conservative alternative to AARP”. I used the AMAC Fast Facts sheet to support and punctuate how we differentiate ourselves from AARP. After the introduction about AMAC, I went into the issue regarding the …cut(s) to Medicare Home Healthcare Services. She was not aware that this was taking place and we had a good discussion regarding the impact this would have on seniors. I left her with all the materials…plus she had taken about a page and half of notes during our discussion. She said she would make sure Rep. Royce was informed about the issue. After this discussion, I took the opportunity to highlight the Social Security Worksheet. And before wrapping, up I told her we are interested in having a town hall meeting with the congressman.”

AMAC Delegate Greg Parker (L) and Keila Molina, District Rep.

AMAC Delegate Greg Parker (L) and Keila Molina, District Rep.

From AMAC Delegate Fred Yerrick, CA-52:

“I attended the local election forum for the upcoming Primary Election for CA-52 being held on June 3rd. We have the current Congressman Scott Peters and 3 other candidates running for CA-52 Congressional seat. Only one candidate, Kirk Jorgensen, has committed to a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. A close second is Dr. Fred Simon who states that the ACA needs an overhaul. At an early meeting, I presented candidate Carl Demaio with our AMAC Medicare handout and he said he will get (back to) me…I will up-date you after our June 3rd primary. Thanks for your much needed support!”

From AMAC Delegates Sandra Morey & Al Spagnuolo, TX-26:

“Tuesday, May 13th AMAC delegates Sandra Morey, Al Spagnuolo, and AMAC member Bob Garbowski met with Texas District 26 Congressman Michael Burgess…membership had nearly doubled since their first meeting last May….They handed out a copy of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Home Health Care Cuts. They stated AMAC was aware of the cutbacks, which may force disabled elderly and lower income seniors to endure costly institutional care that they do not want or cannot afford.  They concluded that AMAC members believe our government officials should fix this problem. Congressman Burgess agreed with AMAC and believes the problem should be fixed.  However, he went on to state that liberals tended to delay controversial issues regarding (ACA) until after the election. Congressman Burgess is due for re-election this Fall.  He was receptive to a future town hall meeting with AMAC members.”

AMAC Deleagtes Al Spagnuolo (L) & Sandra Morey, Congressman Burgess and AMAC Member Bob Garbowski (R)

AMAC Deleagtes Al Spagnuolo (L) & Sandra Morey, Congressman Burgess and AMAC Member Bob Garbowski (R)

From AMAC Delegate Jerry Youngberg, ND-01:

“On May 16th I had the pleasure of joining AMAC’s Andy Mangione and Caroline Rayburn on a visit to Congressman Kevin Cramer’s Washington, DC office. We discussed, AMAC’s history, mission and the Social Security and healthcare issues that are of concern to the membership.

AMAC Delegate Jerry Youngberg (L) and AMAC's Andy Mangione outside of Rep. Cramer's office in Washington, DC

AMAC Delegate Jerry Youngberg (L) and AMAC’s Andy Mangione outside of Rep. Cramer’s office in Washington, DC

Also, on June 13, I stopped into the Congressman’s office in Grand Forks and introduced myself to the local staff. I offered our services for promoting a meeting with AMAC members at local events. I also stopped into Senator Hoeven’s office and met with his staff.”

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Delegate Jerry Youngberg (L) with staffer in Rep. Cramer’s Washington, DC office

From AMAC Delegate Mark Terry, HI-02:

“After months of writing, I finally got a reply back from Rep. Gabbard’s office. I had sent Rep. Gabbard and three other Congressmen, copies of AMAC’s literature on the home health care issue. Only Rep. Gabbard replied.  I am currently in contact with the Republican (Congressional) candidate to help inform her of AMAC.”

From AMAC Delegate Jon Park, KY-04:

“AMAC Delegate Jon Park presided over the Henry County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on May 31, 2014.  The attendees included both Representative Tom Massie (KY-04) and former Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. Both Congressman Massie and Secretary Chao also spoke at the dinner. Congressman Massie and Mr. Park are in the planning stages for an AMAC Member-only meeting for later this summer.  AMAC VP of Government Relations, Andy Mangione, also attended the event.”

 

 AMAC Delegate Jon Park (L) Congressman Massie (C) and Andy Mangione, AMAC (R)

AMAC Delegate Jon Park (L) Congressman Massie (C) and Andy Mangione, AMAC (R)

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