Vice President Joe Biden on Medicare

Today Vice President Biden delivered remarks in Virginia and shared how the Romney-Ryan plan will end Medicare and what the President is doing to protect and strengthen it.

Cautioning the audience about the Republican plans to end Medicare, Biden warned, “They make massive changes in Medicare. Turning it into a voucher system–this is mentioned. That means seniors would no longer have guaranteed Medicare. ­They get a voucher, they get a voucher to buy private insurance coverage. And you know how confusing it is to begin with” Vice President Biden said. “No I’m not being facetious. They get a voucher. And because the voucher would not keep up with rising health costs, seniors would be forced to pay, based on studies, an extra $6,400 under the Ryan-Romney plan.”

Biden also outlined the Administration’s commitment to the security and health care for our nation’s seniors. “We see an America where Social Security is protected, where Medicare is available to distressed people. And where Medicare fulfills its original mission. That¹s why we¹ve strengthened Medicare, to extend its life by eight years, made reforms that have saved millions of seniors, hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs. That’s why we’ve proposed reforms that save Medicare money by getting rid of wasteful spending on health care systems without cutting a single penny in Medicare benefits” Vice President Biden said.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Who Can Be Considered?

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Under this process, USCIS will consider requests on a case-by-case basis. While this process does not provide lawful status or a pathway to permanent residence or citizenship, individuals whose cases are deferred will not be removed from the United States for a two year period, subject to renewal, and may also receive employment authorization. To be considered for this process, applicants must show that:

  • You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  • You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
  • You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  • You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate of completion from high school, have obtained your general educational development certification, or you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat
  • You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS

If you meet the above guidelines, and want to submit your deferred action for childhood arrivals request with USCIS, you will need to:

  • Collect documents as evidence you meet the guidelines
  • Complete USCIS Forms I-821D, I-765 and I-765 Worksheet
  • Mail USCIS the forms and fees (total $465, accompanying Form I-765)
  • Visit your local USCIS Application Support Center for a scheduled biometrics services appointment

After you file, you will be able to check the status of your request online. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website for the latest news and updates on this process at

Working to Keep New Mexico Blue

We’re working hard to keep New Mexico Blue. But we need your help.

As you know, contests for the New Mexico State Legislature are highly contested this year as outside PAC’s and spending groups pour massive amounts of money into New Mexico against our Democratic majorities in House and Senate.

Millions of dollars from out of state are are being used to influence the outcome of many races throughout our state with the goal of gaining controlling the entire Legislature, in a continuing effort, by Republicans, to push forward a radical right-wing agenda, just like they have in other states.

Local Democratic Party organizations and the national Democratic Party are doing their part to protect our Democratic seats and to fight back against the PACs. We’re also working on the ground at the grassroots level to build on our majorities in the Legislature.

In an effort to support local candididates, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is organizing a weekly Keep the New Mexico House BLUE phone bank every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm at the Doña Ana County Democratic Campaign Headquarters, 136 N. Main St. in Las Cruces (across from the El Paso Electric building).

If you are interesting in volunteering an hour or so of your time to help elect Democrats in this crucial election year, contact Rick Longo at (575) 556-4390

President Obama on the Romney-Ryan Economic Plan

Yesterday in Iowa President Obama shared how the Romney-Ryan economic proposal would raise taxes on middle class families with children in order to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. The President discussed the choice in this election between two fundamentally different visions of how to create an economy built to last and restore middle-class economic security.
As President Obama shared, “They have tried to sell us this trickle down fairy dust before. And it did not work then and it won’t work now. It’s not a plan to create jobs, it’s not a plan to cut the deficit, and it’s not a plan to move our economy forward.”

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