state of the union

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,” …

Obama Frames Voting Reform Around 102-Year-Old Hero

Posted on 02/13/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe sheer determination of a 102-year-old Miami woman brought the U.S. government to its feet Tuesday night. In his State of the Union address, President Obama recognized Desiline Victor, a retired farmworker who voted last fall after enduring a wait that would have discouraged most voters. Lawmakers and other Washington VIPs rose to their feet and craned their necks to see Victor, sitting in the back row of the First Lady’s box. “When Desiline arrived at her polling place, she …

Rubio, in GOP Rebuttal, Says Obama Plan ‘Will Hurt Seniors’

Posted on 02/13/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a rising star in the Republican Party, used his platform as the rebuttal speaker to the State of the Union Tuesday to talk about his personal connection to programs like Social Security and Medicare. “Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in,” said Rubio, whose parents came from Cuba. “My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get …

Obama: Don’t Break Promises for Secure Retirement

Posted on 02/12/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama told the nation Tuesday that programs aimed at retirement security need reforming but don’t offer the solution to the nation’s deficit woes. In his 2013 State of the Union speech, Obama said across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect to tackle the deficit are difficult, but cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits instead would be a worse idea. “Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. …

State of the Union – Let’s Talk

Posted on 01/25/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIf you’re on Twitter… tonight’s a good night to follow us – or to sign up if you haven’t already… here’s a great starter guide.) We’ll be talking about the President’s State of the Union speech tonight, and what it means for Americans 50 and older. Watch the conversation here – and please join in! Tag your tweets with #sotu (and include @aarp if you want to make sure we see your tweets.) // Get the Tweet Blender widget and …

AARP CEO Reacts to State of the Union Address

Posted on 01/27/2010 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthIn a statement released tonight, after the State of the Union address, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said: “While economic statistics point towards a rebound, Americans still need relief. We are encouraged by the President’s commitment to help current workers build their own lifetime economic security through the creation of the Automatic IRA, a low-cost, high-impact tool that would help tens of millions of American workers who do not currently have access to a retirement savings plan at work. As …