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Tammy Lytle has covered the White House, Congress, politics and breaking news in the nation’s capital for 23 years. She is the former Washington bureau chief of the Orlando Sentinel and her work has appeared in newspapers magazines and websites.

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Will Congress Help Medicare Patients Cut Red Tape?

Posted on 02/13/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA congressman is expressing confidence that a bill he sponsored — to fix a problem faced by many Medicare patients who are left without coverage for skilled nursing care — will pass this year. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., who introduced the bill with Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, told reporters in a conference call that the legislation has picked up 137 cosponsors. “This is not happening in a vacuum,” Courtney said, according to the Connecticut Mirror. “It’s happening because there is …

Stop Selling Smokes, Senators Tell Drugstores

Posted on 02/11/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPharmacies should follow the example of CVS Caremark and kick the habit of selling tobacco products, a group of Democratic senators said Feb. 10 in letters to major chain drugstores. The letter from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate health committee, and seven colleagues ratchets up the pressure on Walgreens, Rite Aid and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) to voluntarily stop selling cigarettes. CVS made the move already, saying it would forgo the profits because …

What the Cut in Food Stamps Means

Posted on 02/10/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhen President Obama signed the farm bill on Feb. 7, it meant sun and rain for food stamp recipients. The sunny side is that a $40 billion cut over 10 years proposed by House Republicans was whittled to $8.6 billion. The stormy side is that some 850,000 households, or 4 percent of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly food stamps), will lose about $90 a month to help pay for groceries. The wide-ranging law also addresses nutrition …

More New Retirement Account Proposals

Posted on 02/5/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans are way short in their retirement savings, and President Obama’s MyRA plan, which he unveiled last week, isn’t the only new proposal that aims to help with that problem. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla., also offered a savings plan. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has one of his own, which follows a report he released last summer. Of these three proposals, Harkin’s is the most ambitious. His Universal, Secure and Adaptable (USA) Retirement Funds would create a …

Congress Moves to Trim Food Stamps

Posted on 01/29/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA compromise bill that sets spending for farm aid and nutrition programs passed the House on Jan. 29 with a 1 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the old food stamps program, which helps 1 of every 7 Americans buy groceries. The $800 million cut over the next decade won’t require kicking any current food stamp recipients off the rolls, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The compromise (which passed with a vote of 251 to 166) left …

President Pushes for New Pension Savings, Job Programs

Posted on 01/29/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, President Barack Obama proposed a new retirement savings plan, called for more efforts to create jobs and outlined other measures that could benefit older Americans. Acknowledging that Social Security often isn’t sufficient and that many workers don’t have pensions, Obama described plans for a new type of IRA, called MyRA, to be created by the Treasury Department. “It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg,” …