Can Congress Get a Budget Deal Done?

Congress doesn’t get much done on the budget without a deadline hanging over it, and this time it’s staring at a deadline – or at least a first deadline – of Dec. 13. That’s the date by which lawmakers on a bipartisan conference committee – led by Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, and Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), her House counterpart – are supposed to come up with a budget deal. Without a deal, the government runs out …

Strengthen Social Security and Medicare – Don’t “Reform” Them

This initially ran in The Huffington Post. In the Washington Post this week, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt writes about the need to “reform entitlements.”  Last week, AARP volunteers from every state in America came to Capitol Hill to ask their Democratic, Republican and Independent members of Congress to strengthen Social Security and Medicare by coming up with responsible solutions. Those who create the messages around recent attempts to cut Social Security benefits have also called for “entitlement reform.”  With …

More Bipartisan Support to Fight Age Discrimination

UPDATE: While partisan rhetoric heats up as the presidential election looms closer, it’s especially encouraging to see at least one piece of legislation get support from both sides of the aisle. The subject is age discrimination in employment decisions. Since this post was originally published in mid-July, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have stepped up as sponsors. We hope other senators from both parties will follow their lead. If your senator …

Has Your Senator Stepped Up to Fight Age Discrimination?

Know anyone who has faced age bias at work when it comes to hiring or layoff decisions-or is it a worry for you? If so, you should care about a certain senate bill. And the good news is that bipartisanship hasn’t completely gone the way of the Dodo bird.  The issue uniting some big names from both sides of the aisle involves protecting older workers against age discrimination. AARP is hoping that more senators will sign on. The “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination …