Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Congressman Robert Hurt Earns Award For Standing Up For 5th District Seniors


Jim Martin Presents Guardian Award to Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA)

Music Legend Pat Boone

Sings Praises of Rep. Robert Hurt


(Lynchburg, Virginia) – Legendary entertainer Pat Boone, spokesman for the national non-partisan senior citizen group the 60 Plus Association, announced that Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA) has earned the group’s Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award, for his pro-senior voting record as a member of Congress.

In a statement released by 60 Plus, Boone remarked, “I’m still singing at concerts, but I’m also singing the praises of Robert Hurt. Seniors can depend on Robert Hurt.”  Boone, 78, is a native of Virginia, having been born in Jacksonville. He and his wife, Shirley, have been married for 57 years and reside in Beverly Hills, California.

Boone is also familiar to audiences as a star of film and television. Boone has had 38 top-ten hits since his recording career began in the 1950s, and, according to Billboard magazine, holds the record for the most consecutive weeks (220) on the charts by any performer.

60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, who founded the organization in 1992, was personally on hand today in Lynchburg to present the award to Hurt, adding, “Congressman Hurt has proven to be one of the staunchest allies seniors have in Washington.  He can be counted on to preserve Social Security and Medicare. 

Promises made. Promises kept.

"And Rep. Hurt will continue to fight to protect the pocket books of senior citizens and end the wasteful spending of our tax dollars, which has our government now borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar to pay its bills. Seniors have to live within their means and so should our government.  And just like he promised, Congressman Hurt has been a consistent and forceful advocate on behalf of repealing and replacing Obamacare at every opportunity.  Robert Hurt is a man of his word.”

The Association’s Guardian Award is presented to Democrats and Republicans based on their “senior friendly” voting records.  Previous recipients include former Virginia U.S. Senator George Allen (R), and Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-6), Randy Forbes (R-4), Morgan Griffith (R-9), Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-7).  Democrat recipients include U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA).

Statement By Robert Hurt After Receiving Award:

“Preserving critical retirement security programs for our 5th District seniors is of great importance to me and I am honored to receive this recognition. The people that I represent know that Medicare is on an unsustainable path and they want real leadership to save the program – not a kick the can down the road type of leadership we have seen in years past. On behalf of Virginia’s 5th District, I remain committed to working to strengthen this critical program for our seniors, ensuring that it is available for current and future beneficiaries, and doing so while helping to restore our nation to fiscal sustainability.”


The 60 Plus Association is a 20-year-old nonpartisan organization working for death tax repeal, saving Social Security and Medicare, affordable prescription drugs, lowering energy costs and other issues featuring a less government, less taxes approach as well as a strict adherence to the Constitution.  60 Plus calls on support from over 7 million activists.  60 Plus publishes a newsletter, SENIOR VOICE, and a Scorecard, bestowing awards on lawmakers of both parties who vote “pro-senior.”   60 Plus has been called, “an increasingly influential senior citizen’s group.”