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6 Things to Watch in Congress

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsMembers of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans. Here’s a rundown: Debt ceiling and federal budget. Two deadlines loom here. The federal government will run out of borrowing authority if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling by Feb. 7. Although Capitol Hill lawmakers negotiated a budget deal in December that set overall spending, they must pass a bill with more specifics by Jan. 15. Each time budget deadlines hit, some lawmakers …

Budget Deficit Talks Finally Exclude Benefit Programs

Posted on 12/26/2013 by | AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsLast week as the Senate worked to pass a bipartisan budget framework that doesn’t cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, a hearing without the same fanfare took place just steps away. In a high-ceiling, wood-paneled committee room, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) chaired a hearing that might prove the more historical moment of the week. With plenty of empty chairs and a parade of bipartisan senators throughout the two hours the hearing lasted, an expert, ideologically-diverse panel that included AARP President Rob Romasco, spoke without even …

America’s Next Great Challenge

Posted on 11/22/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsIn today’s Washington Post, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Secretary Tommy Thompson made a strong case for a constructive, national dialogue on long-term care. AARP agrees wholeheartedly. Just this week, we joined with The Hill Newspaper to hold a briefing on long-term services and supports. We convened leaders from the federal and state levels to shine a bright light on the possible solutions and innovations that are happening across the nation. >> Visit AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center …

Can Congress Get a Budget Deal Done?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsCongress 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 …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone — and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

Why So Few Veterans in Congress?

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhy are there so few veterans in Congress these days? The end of the military draft 40 years ago and the gradual retirement and passing away of the World War II generation have contributed to a record low of 17 veterans in the 100-member U.S. Senate. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter. In the House of Representatives the total of 85 veterans — out of 435 members — is also the lowest since World War II. The high point …