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When you asked the Senator if they would do everything in their power to stop this deal if it includes the reported cuts to Social Security benefits, what did they say?

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Senator Mark Begich: 202-224-3004

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What Other MoveOn Members Are Hearing

Though I am not in your district it has come to my attention that you are considering the tax cuts on the less fortunate. Really? The wealthiest won't pay a tiny bit extra unless the most unfortunate of our country are being cut yet again??? This is simpy wrong. Can't you see that? Please vote for our people and not just the wealthiest!

— Bonney Lake, 2012-12-18 07:51:00

Please remember the Bethel High School Shoting. I know the young man and his family, adopted mother and some of the students who murdered and their families. This young man clearly was affected by his birth mothers consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The connection with Newtown is that children with Ashberger Syndrome and students affected by fetal alcohol syndrome are often harassed and isolated due their inability to access social cues of their peers. The result is they are harassed and isolated. This is the one pattern that seems consistent in most of the school shootings. Please check this out and suport legislation that recognizes the need help all of our children. Thank you, Ric Iannolino ricpaddles@gmail.com 12175 Mendenhall Loop Rd. Juneau,Ak 99801 907-209-4998

— Juneau, 2012-12-18 08:53:44

The guy on the phone said that Senator Begich is doing and will do everything in his power to stop any cuts to Social Security benefits. He had also introduced legislation that will increase benefits according to cost of living increases .

— Steese, 2012-12-18 09:30:04

Spoke to a staff person about social security. Was told Sen. Begich is against CUs, for increasing benefits, and for removing the payroll cap. Told staff I'm opposed to anything that cuts Medicaid, and was told that an unspecified target amount was on the table, because those negotiations are ongoing.

— Juneau, 2012-12-18 09:37:48

Senator Begich has introduced S3651, the Protecting and Preserving the Social Security Act, which will change the CPI to better reflect costs affecting Seniors. The bill would also lift the Cap.

— Anchorage, 2012-12-18 09:42:59

The person said "I will make sure I pass that on to the senator."

— Sitka, 2012-12-18 10:00:20

Dear Move On Political director, Mark Begish is not in support of lowering the CPI formula for SS Sim shalom Gordon Glaser

— Anchorage, 2012-12-18 10:05:13

NEVER CUT SOCIAL SECURITY! Senator Begich is on it! Read about his bill recently introduced called:S3651! Good job Senator! The elderly thank you and so do we! GOD BLESS YOU!

— Willow, 2012-12-18 10:11:05

Aid claimed that Senetor has put forth legislation which blocks any cuts and strengthens SS and Medicare - [3651] He is sending me information on this bill.

— , 2012-12-18 10:54:47

staff said begich is committed to no cuts in ss and medicare.

— haines, 2012-12-18 11:01:19

I told the staff person that I was opposed to any inclusion of SS in budget talks. I praised the Senator's efforts to raise the cap.

— Fairbanks, 2012-12-18 11:06:28

Spoke with a staff person who stated Senator Begich was not in favor of cutting Social Security benefits and that she would pass on my concern that no benefits be cut from SS.

— Haines, 2012-12-18 11:33:36

Begich is against cuts to benefits.

— Wasilla, 2012-12-18 11:39:09

Admin said Beich is opposed to cuts in Social Security and introduced a bill to protect SS and keep it solvent for 80 years. He is also opposed to cuts in Medicare. Said the current package (fiscal cliff talks) are unclear. He asked if had called my states senators yet, too.

— Saratoga, 2012-12-18 12:18:04

Senator Begich's office staff informed me of his bill protecting Social Security and his continued support for senior causes.

— Fairbanks, 2012-12-18 12:20:48

Sen. Begich opposes any cuts to Social Security. He has introduced a bill, currently in committee, to keep Social Security benefits intact and shore it up for at least 75 years.

— Fairbanks, 2012-12-18 12:30:03

His rep asked if I had seen the bill Begish introduced in the senate and I asked him which would have precedence his bilol or the Presidents deal. he was not able to reply so I stated that we should stop this in its tracks. He then voicec the Senators support against any cuts in ss or medicaid/ medicare snd stated that if the deal went through they would be re-introducing the bill. I said too late

— Fairbanks, 2012-12-18 12:53:44

The aid I spoke with said that Sen Begich is against any cuts to social security, especially.

— Palmer, 2012-12-18 13:15:25

Talked to an aide who said Sen Begich supported SS and had just auythored a bill to insure SS will remain solvent.

— Anchorage, 2012-12-18 13:16:04

Begich is against cuts, and introducing a bill to protect ss

— wrangell, 2012-12-18 13:46:37

Very receptive - asked if I was aware of the Senator's efforts to protect Social Security benefits. I also added that I am in favor of tighter restrictions on guns, like those mirroring regulations on cars/driving.

— Anchorage, 2012-12-18 14:00:24

The woman that answered said that Begich had introduced an amendment to protect social security.

— Fairbanks, 2012-12-18 14:04:52

Already has stated his firm objection to cuts.

— Juneau, 2012-12-18 14:08:42

Senator Begich's office stated that he would not support any cuts to Social Security and that he has a bill that would increase Social Security benefits.

— Chandler, 2012-12-18 15:46:56

I left a recorded message asking him to stand firm, to protect Social Security benefits as well as programs that safeguard our food supply; that he stand firm against Boehner and his ilk.

— Kodiak, 2012-12-18 16:59:44

No reply! Left message.

— Homer, 2012-12-18 17:03:04

No dead Americans for the greedy 1%.

— Kansas City, 2012-12-18 18:49:58

Thank you for contacting me about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. I share your concern about protecting programs important to Alaskans, and I apologize for the delay in my response. Social Security is an important part of our retirement system and a commitment between generations of hard-working families, paid for by the contributions of workers and their employers. I recently introduced the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, which extends the solvency of Social Security by ensuring higher-income Americans pay on all their earnings all year, and by changing the index for cost-of-living increases to more accurately reflect the true cost of goods paid for by seniors and the disabled. Medicare and Medicaid are essential programs to many Alaskans. They provide vital health services to thousands of Alaskans and bolster the health of our nation. Medicare and Medicaid need to remain available for future generations without significantly reducing benefits and leaving seniors and low-income families and children without health coverage. I will continue fighting to protect benefits for Alaskans. I have said we must put everything on the table to meet our fiscal challenges, including reform of many programs. However, we must work on solutions that are logical and share the burden among all Americans. As Congress faces tough choices in the weeks ahead, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind about these programs on which Alaskans rely so heavily. Ultimately, I believe we need the right mix of budget cuts, tax reform and smart investments to get the economy going and reduce the national deficit. Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future. Sincerely, Mark Begich U.S. Senator

— Fairbanks, 2012-12-18 18:54:52

Senator Begich aid said that the senator will appose any cuts to medicare, medicaid and or social security

— Kasaan, 2012-12-18 20:32:56

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— Fairbanks, 2012-12-19 05:03:33

Keep S.S. strong with benefits. Ban "assault" rifles, unnecessary ammo clips. No loop holes for gun show background checks.

— Seward, 2012-12-19 10:15:55

I called @ 9:45 this morning & talked to a staffer. Told him I didn't want them to make cuts to the SS program on behalf of the top 2%. Their response? Begich supports SS. I didn't get whether or not he's going to stop the deal. Sorry. I hope it turns out for the best. These folks really are orbiting in outer space these days.

— Soldotna, 2012-12-19 10:48:35

Senator Begich introduced a bill that will extend Soc Sec by another 75 years and opposes all cuts.

— Anchorage, 2012-12-19 12:30:22

I called after hours and left a message.

— Palmer, 2012-12-19 19:09:09

Begich's office said that he is strongly in support of all those programs, has worked to save them and will continue to do so.

— Pacifica, 2012-12-20 06:46:39

Said they're for keeping social Security benefits strong. Gave me a phone number to call if I needed help buying dentures. For myself.

— Anchorage, 2012-12-20 14:36:22

Begich has own proposal for Medicare which does not reduce benefits, he says. He proposes a new medical cost index. This only helps Alaskans if computed regionally, and AK and HI should be their own region.

— Anchorage, 2012-12-21 12:03:31

Entitlements? To live without a car, a decent apt where it is warm..to have to have food stamps and cannot pay Dr. bills Really.I worked all my life too..what do you think we need to give up yet?

— , 2012-12-22 06:46:48

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