We are living in challenging times. Our current economic crisis has highlighted not only cracks in our financial structure but a fundamental flaw in the foundation of our economic system. These structural problems have spilled over into all sectors of our economy. The sluggish economy has been particularly hard on older Americans who may be struggling with decreases in income in this tough economic environment. As you may know, conversations regarding the state of Medicare and Social Security are ongoing in Congress. Issues such as the debt limit and sequestration are currently being used to forces changes in the Medicare and Social Security program. Going forward, I strongly support defending the Social Security Trust Fund and strengthening Medicare for America's seniors. The continued efficacy of these programs is of the utmost importance, and Georgians deserve no less. I am here to work for Georgia, and I will continue to put forth a dedicated effort to protect our indispensable social initiatives.