To NRLN Grassroots Advocates
From Bill Kadereit, NRLN President
Subject: ASK SENATORS TO VOTE FOR “BAUCUS-GRASSLEY STIMULUS BILL”
A battle is expected to take place in the U.S. Senate early next week between the Senators who want to rubber stamp the House-passed economic stimulus bill supported by President Bush and the Senators who believe that 20 million lower-income retirees on Social Security should not be excluded from tax rebates. Many NRLN member retirees who have been retired 15-20 years are using most of their pension money to buy lost health care benefits. They have seen inflation eat away at their pensions. They rely on Social Security, pay income taxes and should be eligible for a tax rebate.
A week ago, I sent you an Action Alert requesting that you write to President Bush, your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators to urge them to include older Americans living solely or chiefly on Social Security to receive a rebate. The House did not heed our letters and passed the bill that House leaders had negotiated with the Bush Administration that excludes 20 million lower-income seniors.
Senators Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley, the Democrat and Republican leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, and a number of other Senators want to help all retirees receive a $500 rebate if they can show they received at least $3,000 of Social Security income on their 2007 tax return.
Now the NRLN Grassroots Advocates need to immediately write to and call their Senators to urge them to support the "Baucus-Grassley Stimulus Bill" that would provide an economic stimulus rebate to 20 million Americans whose main or sole income is from Social Security.
Insert your personal comments on this critical issue into the NRLN's sample letter that is available on the NRLN website at: http://capwiz.com/abtr/home/. Click on the "Take Action" tab, type in your zip code and your Senators will be identified.
If you should have a problem accessing the link above, go to http://www.nrln.org and click on the Action Alert link in the first paragraph on the NRLN website's home page.
In addition to sending your letter, call your Senators' Washington, D.C. or in-state offices to urge them to support the "Baucus-Grassley Stimulus Bill." The phone numbers are available from links on the NRLN website at: http://capwiz.com/abtr/dbq/officials/ . Also, please consider sending an email to the three U.S. Senators who are leading presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton (http://www.hillaryclinton.com/help/contact/); John McCain (http://www.johnmccain.com/Contact/), and Barack Obama (http://my.barackobama.com/page/s/contact2)
Please take action now to demand that all retirees who receive at least $3,000 of income from Social Security be included for the economic stimulus rebates. Send this email to your family members and friends and encourage them to join you in supporting this issue.
Bill Kadereit, NRLN President
NRLN Sample Letter
Dear Senator _________________
I am writing to request your support for the "Baucus-Grassley Stimulus Bill" that would provide an economic stimulus rebate to 20 million Americans whose main or sole income is from Social Security.
It is regrettable that these retirees were left out of the economic stimulus bill passed by the House. However, the Senate can send a message to the House and President Bush that it will not go along with excluding seniors just because they don't have at least $3,000 in earned income. In contrast, the "Baucus-Grassley Stimulus Bill" would allow almost all seniors to receive $500 by showing they received at least $3,000 of Social Security income on their 2007 tax return.
When the Senate takes up the economic stimulus legislation, you need to keep in mind that many retirees on Social Security struggle to pay for the bare necessities of life. It would be wrong to exclude them from receiving a rebate check to help them pay their bills and possibly purchasing a little extra something to help America's economy.
These older lower-income Americans paid into the Social Security system during their working days and they deserve to have their Social Security income in the formula to receive a rebate. I will be watching for your vote on the "Baucus-Grassley Stimulus Bill" and hope to see that you agree with the National Retiree Legislative Network that lower-income seniors are part of our economy and should receive a rebate check.
Your support will be appreciated.