Friday, September 5, 2014

Cotton Releases Three Social Security Ads

 Trio of ads highlight Cotton's efforts to protect and preserve Social Security while calling out Pryor's hypocrisy and votes to give Social Security to illegal immigrants

Little Rock, Arkansas — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released three new ads Thursday morning that highlight his support for strengthening and preserving Social Security while calling out Senator Mark Pryor's hypocrisy on Social Security and his vote to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security credits for work done in years before they are assigned a valid Social Security number.

The first ad, titled "Indoor Plumbing," features Tom Cotton alongside his mother Avis discussing Tom's efforts to preserve the Social Security and Medicare benefits that our seniors have spent a lifetime earning.

The second ad, titled "Worked Hard," shines a light on Senator Mark Pryor's vote to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security credits for work done in years before they were assigned a valid Social Security number. In fact, not only did Pryor cast the unpopular vote, but according to media reports at the time, he also cast the deciding vote. The vote was reportedly deadlocked at 49-49 when a Democratic staffer called for Pryor's help. Pryor then cast the deciding vote, and the amendment was defeated.

The third ad, titled "Hypocrisy," points out the hypocrisy of Senator Pryor's previous support for raising the retirement age of Social Security, something he continues to deny in spite of video evidence to the contrary.

Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "Arkansas seniors deserve to know the truth about Senator Pryor's hypocrisy and reckless vote allow illegal immigrants to receive Social Security benefits for work done illegally in our country. When Mark Pryor ran for U.S. Senate twelve years ago, he promised to change Washington. Instead, Washington has changed Senator Pryor. Arkansas deserves better."

Background:
Mark Pryor Supports Social Security Benefits For Illegal Immigrants
Pryor Voted To Allow Illegal Immigrants To Receive Social Security Benefits For Work Done Illegally. “Specter, R-Pa., motion to table (kill) the Ensign R-Nev., amendment no. 3985 that would bar illegal immigrants currently in the country from claiming Social Security credits for work done in years before they are assigned a valid Social Security number.” (S. 2611, CQ Vote #130: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R 11-44; D 38-5; I 1-0, 5/18/06, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Cast The 50th Vote To Kill This Amendment After A Democratic Staffer Yelled “Hurry! We Need Your Vote!” As He Walked To The Floor. “Last Thursday, for instance, the coalition nearly dissolved over a bid to bar illegal immigrants currently in the country from claiming Social Security credit for the years they worked with forged documents. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Ensign (R) of Nevada, took the bill’s core supporters by surprise, because it opened a new window on the criticism that the bill amounted to amnesty - a charge its supporters have denied. ‘Does this bill punish the people who stole an American’s citizen’s identity? No, it does not. It rewards them,’ said Senator Ensign. The vote count was 49-49, when Sen. Mark Pryor (D) of Arkansas was walking up the steps toward the Senate floor. ‘Hurry! We need your vote!’ cried a Democratic staffer, who had been tracking the vote no one expected would be so close. With Senator Pryor’s vote, the amendment was defeated.” (Gail Russell Chaddock, “Surprises On Senate’s Path To Immigration Bill,” Christian Science Monitor, 5/25/06)

Pryor Supported Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security
Pryor Said Democrats Should Be Open To Considering Everything, Including Changing The Retirement Age For Social Security. “Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., a moderate and an appropriator, said he believes Democrats have to consider everything, including changes to Social Security like an increase in the retirement age. ‘We have been living beyond our means for a long time now,’ Pryor said. ‘At some point you have to stop doing that and we are at that point now where we just have to make those decisions; they are going to be hard.’” (Humberto Sanchez, “Conrad To Cajole Colleagues To Bipartisan Deficit Summit,” National Journal, 2/8/11)

In 2011, Pryor Said That “We Could Fix Social Security Next Week” If We Tell Our Kids’ Generation That They Can’t Get Social Security Until They Turn 68 Or 69. KTSS’s JERRY WESTOMORELAND: “Alright, I want to ask you, and then also Social Security.” PRYOR: “Yeah, Social Security is another thing that’s not in any of the budgets right now, but it is very fixable. And again if people get serious about it in Washington, we could fix Social Security next week, if we wanted to. It’s not that hard to do. Especially if we start right now, because Social Security is solvent until, you know, for about 25 years, so if you make small changes now you have 25 years those little changes to accumulate over time and really help. But you could pretty easily make Social Security solvent in perpetuity. Probably the biggest change would be is that you would take my kids’ generation, teenagers today, and life expectancy is longer et cetera, and probably say that they couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69. If you just did that one change you would fix about 80% of it right there. (KTSS, Interview With Sen. Mark Pryor, 6/6/11)

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1 comment:

Gary Lawler said...

All you have to do in Arkansas is show people how much Senator Pryor loves and admires President Obama.