CORNING – Candidate for Congress, U.S. Navy Captain John Plumb (D-Lakewood), has accepted nearly 1,000 petitions from AARP on behalf of their members.
The petitions were signed by residents of New York’s 23rd district, urging candidates to “Take a Stand” by committing to working toward updating Social Security for the 21st Century. The event took place in Corning outside of the Social Security Administration building.
Plumb used the petitions to emphasize his contrast on senior issues with Republican Congressman Tom Reed, who he is challenging on Nov. 8.
Plumb said that Reed has voted against seniors, despite the lip service he pays to them in the district.
Plumb also said that Congressman Reed has an exceptionally bad record on senior issues, receiving a 10 percent voting score from the Alliance for Retired Americans in 2015 and a lifetime voting score of just 8 percent.
According to Plumb’s campaign, Congressman Reed has voted for a plan that would raise the retirement age for Social Security and cut benefits. Additionally, the Plumb campaign says Reed voted for a plan the Wall Street Journal said would “essentially end Medicare” by replacing it with a voucher program and increasing costs for seniors.