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Citing his record of standing up for seniors as a doctor and in Congress, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) endorsed Dr. Ami Bera today in the race for California's 7th Congressional District.

“The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is endorsing Dr. Ami Bera for reelection because he will continue to stand up to those in Congress who want to cut Social Security or gamble it on Wall Street, and because he has a proven record of fighting plans that would end the Medicare guarantee for our seniors," said Max Richtman, President and CEO of the NCPSSM. "It’s troubling that Ami's opponent former Congressman Doug Ose voted to privatize Social Security when he was in Congress. What is most shameful is that Ose knew it would make Wall Street banks billions at the expense of seniors. We need leaders like Ami Bera who are fighting back and stopping these misguided attempts to harm our seniors."

Upon receiving the endorsement Bera said, “As a doctor, I know how much our seniors depend on Medicare and Social Security.  We shouldn’t be playing politics with the promises we’ve made to them. That’s why I’m fighting against irresponsible cuts to Medicare and Social Security, and I won’t take a Congressional pension until they are secure for today’s seniors and for future generations.”

In 2012, Congressman Bera made an oath that he would not take a Congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security were secure. He's kept his promise and gave his 2012 pension back to the U.S. Treasury. Bera has also stood up against irresponsible cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

Founded in 1982 by Congressman James Roosevelt, the NCPSSM is a nonpartisan group dedicated to protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits for all communities and generations. They are widely viewed as one of the most effective, independent, and trustworthy advocates of Medicare and Social Security.

Dr. Ami Bera represents Sacramento County in Congress. He’s working to make Congress a place for service and fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, Bera is leading the charge to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges, and worked to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra.