News Release

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare enthusiastically endorses Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) for re-election this November.  During his first term, Senator Donnelly has proven himself a true champion of seniors’ health and financial security, earning a 100% rating from the National Committee for his voting record in the 115th Congress. 

“As a member of the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, Senator Donnelly is a key ally in the effort to serve the needs of seniors and their families.  He realizes that looming deficits and calls for ‘entitlement reform’ are renewing efforts to cut benefits and privatize Social Security, undermining the nation’s most successful social insurance program,” says Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Senator Donnelly voted against the Trump/GOP tax scheme, which is swelling the nation’s debt and inviting cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  He voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, which lengthened Medicare’s solvency and provides much-needed coverage for America’s ‘near seniors’ who otherwise might not have insurance.  The Senator opposes Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts – and privatization of either program.

“Social Security and Medicare are a contract we make with hard-working Hoosiers throughout their lives,” says Senator Donnelly. “These programs are fundamental to who we are — a country that takes care of its people.”

The Senator’s opponent, Mike Braun, has praised the Trump/GOP tax cuts and insists that they will help keep Social Security financially solvent – even though leaders of his party have called for benefit cuts to pay for the tax bill. On Medicare, Braun has emphasized private solutions and says insured patients should get “skin in the game.

This November, voters will decide whether Social Security and Medicare benefits are going to be strengthened and expanded – or cut.  With the very future of these programs on the line, seniors and their families must support candidates like Senator Donnelly who will work to expand, not undermine, the benefits they have earned,” says Richtman.



The National Committee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization acts in the interests of its membership through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff.  The work of the National Committee is directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.


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