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Pat Quinn on Social Security
Democratic Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Balance budget by reforming our public pension systems. (Feb 2013)

Senate:

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Richard Durbin on Social Security
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Simpson-Bowles got it right. put everything on the table. (Oct 2013)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Sharon Hansen on Social Security
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • Privatize because government will raid the Trust Fund. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Social Security
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Honor our commitment to America’s seniors. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
Jim Oberweis on Social Security
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing state employees' pension plans. (Mar 2013)
Doug Truax on Social Security
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Judy Biggert on Social Security
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)
Cheri Bustos on Social Security
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
  • Strongly oppose any attempt to privatize Social Security. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes personal retirement accounts. (Sep 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Danny Davis on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • No severe changes; no privatization. (Feb 2010)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Rodney Davis on Social Security
Republican (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Supports investing part of your payroll tax. (Oct 2012)
Bob Dold on Social Security
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tammy Duckworth on Social Security
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
  • Oppose efforts to undermine Social Security. (Nov 2012)
  • by NCPSSM indicating a pro-Social Security stance. (Jul 2012)
Bill Enyart on Social Security
Democrat (District 12): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
  • Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Bill Foster on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • by NCPSSM indicating a pro-Social Security stance. (Jul 2012)
Luis Gutierrez on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Randy Hultgren on Social Security
Republican (District 14): Click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Robin Kelly on Social Security
Democrat (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
  • Oppose raising the eligibility age for receiving benefits. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (May 2013)
Adam Kinzinger on Social Security
Republican (District 16): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • No privatization; no retirement age increase. (Nov 2010)
Dan Lipinski on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike Quigley on Social Security
Democrat (District 5): Click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mel Reynolds on Social Security
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Social Security
Republican: Click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bobby Rush on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
Jan Schakowsky on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)
Brad Schneider on Social Security
Democrat (District 10): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
  • Work tirelessly to prevent privatization of Social Security. (Nov 2012)
Aaron Schock on Social Security
Republican (District 18): Click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Shimkus on Social Security
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Walsh on Social Security
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Individuals set aside portion of own income for retirement. (Feb 2010)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Social Security
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
Jerry Costello on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 80% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
Timothy Johnson on Social Security
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Donald Manzullo on Social Security
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Bobby Schilling on Social Security
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • No privatizing; no raising the retirement age. (Nov 2010)
George Ryan on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
James Thompson on Social Security
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Social Security
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
James Durkin on Social Security
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Social Security
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Peter Fitzgerald on Social Security
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Earnings Limit Penalized Seniors. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted YES on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mike Flanagan on Social Security
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Denny Hastert on Social Security
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Alan Keyes on Social Security
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Keep promises but give choice of market investments. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one’s future. (Sep 2007)
  • Keep promises but give future choice. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports privatization & Lock-box. (Jan 2000)
  • Keep our promises on Social Security benefits, guaranteed. (Nov 1999)
  • Let people who earn their money invest their own money. (Nov 1999)
William Lipinski on Social Security
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Social Security
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Payroll tax is a regressive “working man’s tax”. (Nov 2003)
  • Our children must have same security as us. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Barack Obama on Social Security
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • MyRA: new savings bond for retirement. (Jan 2014)
  • No new promises we can't keep; but keep promises we've made. (Feb 2013)
  • Entitlements don't make us takers; they free us to take risk. (Jan 2013)
  • Tweak Social Security like Reagan did, but keep entitlements. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: Eliminating FICA ceiling means rich won't spend. (Apr 2010)
  • Good health care and tax reform will save entitlements. (Oct 2008)
  • 2007: Raise income cap to avoid future shortfall. (Aug 2008)
  • What do we do with the losers of privatizing? (Jul 2008)
  • Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K. (Apr 2008)
  • Must capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission. (Apr 2008)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Removing $97,500 cap would be $1.3T tax increase. (Nov 2007)
  • Cutting benefits & raising retirement age are wrong answers. (Nov 2007)
  • The wealthy should pay a bit more on the payroll tax. (Oct 2007)
  • Privatization puts retirement at whim of stock market. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Aug 2007)
  • No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500. (Jul 2007)
  • Stock market risk is ok, but not for Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Raise the cap on the payroll tax on wealthy individuals. (Jan 2006)
  • $2000 tax credit for Working Families Savings Accounts. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
Jack Ryan on Social Security
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Paul Simon on Social Security
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Base indexing on a lower inflation rate. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Melissa Bean on Social Security
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Opposes attempts to privatize Social Security or Medicare. (Nov 2004)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
Roland Burris on Social Security
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Cardiss Collins on Social Security
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Social Security
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
  • Absolutely opposes privatizing social security. (Aug 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Social Security
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Help people build a nest egg outside Social Security. (Jan 2009)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Lane Evans on Social Security
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Thomas Ewing on Social Security
Republican (District 15): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Alexi Giannoulias on Social Security
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • Increase taxable wage base instead of raising retirement age. (Oct 2010)
  • No greater safety net for seniors than social security. (Aug 2010)
  • Gradual fixes: raising the cap; phase-down benefits for rich. (Feb 2010)
Debbie Halvorson on Social Security
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • Support and protect and oppose privatization. (Nov 2008)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Phil Hare on Social Security
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • Total opposition to any type of privatizing. (Nov 2006)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
Henry Hyde on Social Security
Republican (District 6): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Mark Kirk on Social Security
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Honor our commitment to America’s seniors. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
Ray LaHood on Social Security
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Invest surplus Trust Fund in market certificates. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 11% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
David Phelps on Social Security
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
John Porter on Social Security
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Glenn Poshard on Social Security
Democrat (District 19): Click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steven Sauerberg on Social Security
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • Create more jobs to fund Social Security benefits. (May 2008)
  • Ensure the solvency of the Social Security system. (May 2008)
Larry Stafford on Social Security
Libertarian challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
  • Social Security system as designed is fundamentally flawed. (Oct 2008)
  • Sell SSA assets and replace system with private annuities. (Oct 2008)
  • Privatize: control & operate your own plan. (Mar 2008)
Jerry Weller on Social Security
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Sidney Yates on Social Security
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Social Security
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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