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Rep. Yvette D. Clarke Visits Senior Centers in Brooklyn

Brooklyn,  NY –Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke will be visiting senior centers across the 11th Congressional District of New York, updating residents on her fight to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security  on Capitol Hill. Today, U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke visited the Fort Green Senior Center and the St. Louis Senior Center.

“Since the start of the ‘Tea Party’ Congress, my Democratic colleagues, and I have been surprised again and again.  Surprised that, in 2011, we have to relitigate issues that most Americans knew had been resolved for decades,” stated Congresswoman Clarke.  “I’m talking about the social safety-net programs that most Americans depend on – Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Suddenly, these programs are under attack.”

    • In the 11th Congressional District of New York ;

            o Over 30, 000 people receive SSI Benefits 
            o Over 72, 000 residents receive Social Security Old Age, Survivor, 
                and Disability  Insurance (OASDI) Benefits
            o Over 70,000 people are enrolled for Medicare

“As I visit my constituents throughout the district, I have heard the concerns from senior citizens about the potential cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and social Security.  I have joined many of my Democratic Colleagues in the House, in sending numerous letters to the Bi-partisan Deficit Super Committee, a group of Congressional members tasked with making particular cuts to address our nation’s debt and deficit, to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security,” added Rep. Clarke.  “Despite the toxic political climate, I want to reassure the residents of my district that I will continue to fight to keep these important social safety net programs untouched.” 

 Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has visited or will visit the following senior centers throughout Brooklyn:

            • Eileen Dugan Senior Center Tuesday, October 18, 2011
            • The Park Slope Senior Center Tuesday, October 18, 2011
            • Fort Green Senior Center, Wednesday October 19, 2011
            • St. Louis Senior Center, Wednesday, October 19, 2011
            • Tilden Senior Center, Friday, October 21, 2011