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October 21 2014

‚ÄčMayor Hays says, "The key to being able to enjoy life for our senior community is the protection of Social Security and Medicare...We'll protect [these benefits], and we'll continue to ensure that they're in place and long-lasting for generations to come."

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays returned to the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Citizens Center today to discuss the importance of promoting, protecting, and strengthening Social Security and Medicare for Arkansas seniors and future generations of Arkansans.  

"It's always a joy to come to this facility, and it's a joy obviously because I was honored by having my name put on this [Seniors' Center]...This is the most active seniors' center in the country," said Mayor Hays, who was joined by Senator Mark Pryor in North Little Rock.  Hays called the establishment of the Senior Citizens Center -- which has the highest average daily attendance of any seniors' center in the country -- one of the proudest achievements of his 24 years as Mayor of North Little Rock. 

"The key to being able to enjoy life for our senior community is the protection of Social Security and Medicare.  And I can tell you that, as your Congressman, that's one of the cornerstones of what my efforts are going to be," said Mayor Hays.  "These benefits are promised.  They're due.  And we'll protect them, and we'll continue to ensure that they're in place and long-lasting for generations to come," Mayor Hays continued. 

Hays also said that Republicans and Democrats need to come together to ensure that Social Security and Medicare remain on a secure footing, so that these crucial programs can continue to provide economic and health security to Arkansas' children and grandchildren.  "Social Security and Medicare: the best way to protect those is to grow the economy, just like we did here in North Little Rock," argued Mayor Hays, citing his 24-year long record of cutting North Little Rock's debt in half, balancing 24 budgets, attracting new jobs and growing the economy. 

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