Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, met with local seniors at the Auburn Senior Center last Thursday. McGovern, who has represented parts of Auburn since his first election to Congress and now represents the entire town, said it’s critical that voters continue to make their voices heard.

“I’m always grateful for the opportunity to learn, said McGovern.” “Hearing firsthand from the people I work for strengthens our democracy and helps me do my job better.”

Congressman James McGovern (D-MA) meets with residents at the Auburn Senior Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018 [John Anderson Photo]

McGovern mentioned that one of the primary issues that he heard about was the importance of defending Social Security and Medicare from and proposed cuts. Accompanied by Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson, McGovern spent time talking with seniors about how he’s working to change the tone in Washington and bring back more professionalism and bipartisanship to Congress through his work on the House Rules Committee.

“Our seniors built this country. They made it what it is today. And Congress ought to listen to and help them however we can,” added McGovern.

McGovern also noted the importance of Social Security in helping seniors meet their day-to-day needs, and spoke out against efforts to cut or privatize benefits.

“Our seniors have worked hard – and paid for – the guaranteed benefits that Medicare and Social Security provide. Together, Medicare and Social Security are vitally important and help lift millions of Americans out of poverty.”

McGovern concluded by thanking the seniors, and encouraging those who thought of additional comments or concerns to contact his office in Worcester.