TALLAHASSEE, FL – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II was presented today with the “Summer 2013 Champion of Seniors Award" by The Grange – a national, nonpartisan grassroots organization that advocates on behalf of America's rural seniors. Southerland received the award in recognition of his consistent record of leadership on behalf of Florida seniors during a ceremony at the Tallahassee Senior Center.
“I am honored to receive the Champion of Seniors Award because it reflects my strong commitment to fighting for North and Northwest Florida seniors,” said Southerland. “From Day One I have pledged to protect our seniors, and whether it’s my fight to preserve Medicare, improve access to affordable quality health care, or fulfill our promises to our veterans, that’s a promise I’ve always worked to keep.”
“Rep. Southerland has exhibited outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare and ensure access to affordable prescription medicines and health care choices for seniors. He has definitely earned this award and deserves our thanks,” said Grace Boatright, Legislative Director for The National Grange.
About The Grange:
Established in 1867, The National Grange is the nation’s oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan rural advocacy organization that advocates and educates on behalf of America’s farmers, ranchers, and other rural Americans. More information available at www.nationalgrange.org
Criteria for the award included:
1. Exhibiting outstanding leadership in Congress to protect Medicare, which is critical to millions of American seniors and their families.
2. Opposing across the board cuts made by unelected boards.
3. Ensuring access to affordable prescription medicines for seniors through the Medicare Part D program and opposing any efforts to implement price controls or similar measures that would lead to increases in premiums for seniors.
4. Demonstrating a continued commitment to protect the doctor/patient relationship for seniors and opposing any efforts that might weaken it in any way.
5. Preserving a vast selection of health care options for seniors so that they may choose the best plan for themselves and their families.
6. Representing senior constituents with individual issues before government agencies so that they receive the benefits and services they have earned.
7. Supporting government services and necessary funding for senior programs in the Representative’s district.