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Blurred Lines of the Budget Debate

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsThe title of the undisputed hit song of this past summer, before the government shutdown, Blurred Lines,* lacks a reference to Congress (or rest assured it would have been a dud). But it captures what politicians and others in Washington have done in the hopes that voters don’t catch them causing damage to our lives and the broader economy. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter Last week economist and former Obama administration official Jared Bernstein wrote in the …

AARP to Congress: Avoid Default, Protect Social Security and Medicare

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsAs the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the interests of Americans age 50 and older and their families, AARP is urging Congress to take steps to avoid default on our national debt and avoid risking benefits for current Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries or the health of our fragile economy. Older Americans care very deeply about our country, and many are grandparents who feel a sense of stewardship and responsibility to make sure that their grandchildren enjoy the same …

Congressional Budget Experts Predict More Red Ink

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just published its 2013 Long-Term Budget Outlook, and this year’s set of predictions for the nation’s balance sheet is sure to push Washington’s heartburn rate up a few notches. Three quick takeaways from the CBO’s report: The percentage of federal debt held by the public is higher than at any point in modern U.S. history. Federal debt held by the public is likely to decline a little bit over the next few years, as …

Recommendations of Long-Term Care Commission Show Progress

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsThe federal Commission on Long-Term Care voted Sept. 12 on its final recommendations, which will be included in the commission’s final report later this month. AARP is encouraged by the examination of the serious, policy-focused bipartisan recommendations to address our country’s long-term services and supports crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. While the recommendations are far from perfect, they show progress in seeking solutions to this crisis. Importantly, we are …

Iowa Senator Gets a Tearful Earful

Posted on 08/13/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe August recess gives Capitol Hill lawmakers a chance to hear from their constituents back home, and sometimes that earful is downright heartbreaking. An anguished woman wept at the North Senior Center in Des Moines, Iowa, as she explained how a proposal to change the method of calculating cost-of-living increases for Social Security would leave her nowhere to cut in her precarious budget. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who opposes the “chained CPI” proposal, heard this from Sheryl Tenicat: “I …

One Job Where It Pays to Be in Your 60s

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsNearly every week brings new stories and statistics about how tough the job market is for older Americans. (A headline earlier this year in the New York Times: “In Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t Better … It’s Brutal.” But there’s at least one profession that seems to turn the conventional wisdom on its head: Washington lobbyist. “In Washington,” Politico reports, “it actually pays to be in your 60s when you’re starting a new business — at least on …