Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, says he has not endorsed the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
"Many of the people calling about this solicitation are under the impression that I have endorsed the program in some way. Nothing could be further from the truth. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is a lobby organization and not an official part of the Congress," Nielson said.A rash of calls from constituents regarding a mail solicitation by the group prompted the response by Nielson. "Apparently the mailing was made to senior citizens, and several have been quite upset. One lady was in tears because she didn't have the $10 they asked for.
"No one should send money thinking it is required or that it is an obligation of any sort," Nielson said.
The solicitation was signed by retired Congressman James Roosevelt and asks people to send a pre-printed petition to a senator or congressman and to send a contribution of $10 to the committee.
The mailer pledges to fight against proposed "cuts" in Social Security and Medicare.
"People need to know that the Social Security fund is healthy until about 2007 and Congress will support the Social Security fund, as it has in the past when it has run into trouble," Nielson said.