Congress

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 …

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 …