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Family caregivers provide $470M in unpaid care
Last week, U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Reps. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) and Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) introduced the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act (S. 1151/H.R. 2505) and AARP endorsed the legislation. The bill would help support America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit for those who qualify.
Student loan debt
Starting today, parents and college students will be paying more for federal education loans.
BUDGET
The $1.1 trillion bipartisan spending bill passed by Congress funds federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, eases the sharp budget cuts known as the sequester and ends the lingering threat of another government shutdown. It also affects a number of programs especially important to older Americans.
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Members of Congress are back in Washington with an agenda full of items important to older Americans.
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Public trust in the government is near an all-time low - not exactly a shock for a survey taken during a shutdown of the federal government.
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If YouTube and Facebook had an "Amen" button, Americans fed up with the government shutdown would probably be weighing in about this video of Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, pointing out lawmakers' hypocrisy, unreasonableness, smugness and selfishness - all in one tidy prayer.
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The 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.
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