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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user kcomall on July 31, 2011 in support of S.1365 Protecting Military Pay Act of 2011.
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S.1365 Protecting Military Pay Act of 2011

I am writing as your constituent in the 27th Congressional district of New York. I support S.1365 - Protecting Military Pay Act of 2011. The burden a delay in pay would put on members of the United States Armed Services would be tremendous, especially to those deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan with no other ways of supporting their families.

Sincerely, SPC Keegan O'Malley

This letter was a reply from the office of Kirsten E. Gillibrand on July 31, 2011.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Brian Higgins on July 31, 2011.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Brian Higgins on August 02, 2011.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Brian Higgins on August 04, 2011.
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August 04, 2011 Keegan O'Malley

Dear Mr. O'Malley, Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on the debt ceiling. I appreciate hearing from you on this very important issue. As you know, on August 1, 2011, the House of Representatives passed S. 365, the Budget Control Act, to raise our nation’s debt ceiling, cut spending, and avoid what would have been our nation’s first ever default on its obligations. The following day this bill was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama. Specifically, the approved budget legislation will increase the debt limit in two stages. First, and to prevent a looming default, the debt ceiling was immediately raised $900 billion. This was coupled with $917 billion in savings through FY 2021. The second increase will come in December, pending the results of a joint Congressional committee process which will be charged with finding an additional $1.2 trillion in cuts. Voting for this legislation was difficult. However, the consequences of default would have been catastrophic and surely led to long-term economic volatility. Interest rates would have skyrocketed – increasing the costs of autos, home mortgages, student loans, and for small businesses – and unemployment would have risen even further. Defaulting was simply not an option. I have said all along that my criteria for a debt ceiling deal are that it be long-term, removing the uncertainty of default from the economy, that it be bipartisan, and that it be balanced in terms of spending and revenues. I firmly believe that this bipartisan, long-term increase to the debt ceiling, in conjunction with a bipartisan commitment to reduce the debt by at least $4 trillion over the next decade comprised of $1 in increased revenue for every $3 in reduced spending through common sense changes to our tax code, is the most responsible solution to our long-term fiscal solvency. I will continue to push for closing loopholes for oil companies, corporations that shelter revenue offshore, and hedge fund managers, and also push for letting the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire. Additionally, as this joint Congressional committee works to locate further spending cuts, I will work to ensure Congress maintains the integrity of Social Security and Medicare. For more than 70 years, Social Security has ensured older citizens and persons with disabilities can retire without fear of significant financial hardship. Likewise, Medicare has provided Westernseniors services for medical treatment, doctors’ visits, and prescription drugs for more than 45 years. These programs are not gifts from the federal government. Beneficiaries have paid into these programs for decades, many since they were young teenagers, and I will continue fighting to ensure Congress works to improve these programs’ solvency, sustainability, and effectiveness for future generations. While I am deeply disappointed in what was a heavily-partisan process, and though the agreement that became law was not what I would have authored, I am confident that this was the right decision in the face of a possible default and relapse into a second recession. Please know that I will keep your concerns and the best interests of Westernand our nation in mind as Congress continues taking measures to address our long-term fiscal challenges. Thank you again for contacting me. I invite you to visit my website, higgins.house.gov, where you can share your thoughts on other issues, subscribe to my e-newsletter, and learn more about the priorities I am working on in Congress on behalf of Western New York. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Higgins NY-27

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This letter was a reply from the office of Brian Higgins on October 26, 2011.
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October 26, 2011 Keegan O'Malley

Dear Mr. O'Malley, Thank you for contacting me to express your support for ensuring our troops recieve their pay and benefits. I absolutely agree with you. Our military servicemen and women who sacrifice to defend the freedoms of our nation and our allies, many of whom are already facing deployments, should not have their modest paychecks delayed or be imposed with unnecessary financial hardships. Additionally, benefits for seniors and veterans should also not be jeopardized. In my travels around the world I have met troops on the ground and am always humbled by the selfless work they do to defend us. I came to Congress to represent Westernand make our corner of NYS great again, not play politics that threaten the well deserved benefits of American service members. Please know that I will continue to ardently support our troops and their families and ensure they receive the full extent of benefits they are due. Thank you again for contacting me. I invite you to visit my website, higgins.house.gov, where you can share your thoughts on other issues, subscribe to my e-newsletter, and learn more about the priorities I am working on in Congress on behalf of Western New York. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Higgins NY-27

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This letter was a reply from the office of Brian Higgins on January 19, 2012.
Update from Congressman Brian Higgins

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January 19, 2012 Keegan O'Malley

Dear Mr. O'Malley, Thank you for contacting me with your support for H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act. As you know, this legislation would repeal the individual income tax, the corporate income tax, all payroll taxes, the self-employment tax and the estate and gift taxes and replace them with a national retail sales flat tax of 23 percent on all goods purchased in America. It would also eliminate the Internal Revenue Service and replace it with a Sales Tax Bureau. I want you to know that I take the way our government levies taxes from citizens very seriously and agree that we must protect the interests of working, middle-class Americans. However, I do not believe that abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and eliminating payroll and income taxes is the answer. I believe that introducing a flat tax would place an unfair burden on those who can least afford it, since a consumption-based system places a disproportionate amount of pressure on lower income classes. This legislation is currently pending before the House Committee on Ways and Means. I will be certain to keep your thoughts in mind should it come before the full House of Representatives for a vote. Thank you again for contacting me. I invite you to visit my website, higgins.house.gov, where you can share your thoughts on other issues, subscribe to my e-newsletter, and learn more about the priorities I am working on in Congress on behalf of Western New York. Sincerely, Congressman Brian Higgins NY-27

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This letter was a reply from the office of Kirsten E. Gillibrand on July 30, 2012.
Reply from Senator Gillibrand

July 30, 2012

Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting my office. Your thoughts and concerns are very important and I appreciate you taking the time to share them with me. Please know that as I participate in discussions on the issues before the United States Senate, the thoughts and the opinions of all my New York constituents are given careful consideration.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. Please visit http://gillibrand.senate.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter for updates on this, and other important issues being considered by the Senate.

Sincerely,

Kirsten E. Gillibrand United States Senator

Comments

  • donnyshaw 09/27/2011 6:17pm

    This letter is in regard to S.1365, but the Congressman responded with boilerplate related to S.365. Pay closer attention, office of Rep. Higgins, or you’ll miss out on meaningful communication with your constituents.


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