December 13, 2013

Budget Agreement Averts a Shutdown, but More Work Remains

On Thursday, the House voted 332-94 to approve a two-year budget deal crafted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The legislation won the support of 169 Republicans as well as 163 Democrats, and now heads to the Senate, where it is likely to pass next week.

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December 06, 2013

Budget Conference is Close to a Deal that Addresses Sequestration

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) are only a few billion dollars in budgetary savings away from a deal that would set spending levels and blunt the impact of across-the-board spending cuts for the next two years, according to Politico and its sources.

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November 29, 2013

GivingTuesday Movement Rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday

You have heard of Black Friday and maybe even Cyber Monday. We’d like to introduce you to GivingTuesday, a relatively new and growing holiday tradition that takes place next Tuesday, December 3rd. After feasting, football, and shopping, you can make giving back part of your family's celebrations by participating in GivingTuesday with the Alliance for Retired Americans.

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November 22, 2013

Richard Fiesta is Named Alliance’s Next Executive Director

Richard Fiesta has been named the Alliance for Retired Americans’ new executive director, succeeding Edward F. Coyle, who has managed and grown the 4 million-member grassroots advocacy organization since its 2001 founding.

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November 15, 2013

Veterans Day Message: “Don’t Cut Veterans’ Benefits”

The Alliance continued holding events with coalition partners around Veterans Day this week, drawing attention to the fact that veterans’ benefits would be cut in multiple ways if the chained CPI cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) formula were to be adopted.

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November 08, 2013

Alliance Salutes Veterans All Across the Country

The Alliance and its coalition partners are holding several events around Veterans Day to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. The events also draw attention to the fact that veterans are affected in multiple ways by the chained CPI cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), a cut to earned benefits.

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November 01, 2013

Social Security Benefits to go up just 1.5% in 2014

Social Security benefits will rise by 1.5% next year, one of the smallest increases ever in the program's annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). The increase is down from the 1.7% increase for 2013. There was no COLA increase at all in 2010 and 2011, because prices fell during the recession.

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October 25, 2013

Harry Reid: No Grand Bargain in the Near Future

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ruled out the possibility that a budget conference committee convening next week will reach a “grand bargain” that would cut Social Security and Medicare, raise taxes and reduce spending.

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October 18, 2013

Budget Agreement Averts Immediate Crisis, but Threats to Seniors Still Loom

The U.S. House and Senate passed legislation on Wednesday night to end the government shutdown and stop the country from hitting its debt ceiling. President Obama immediately signed the bill into law before a default could ensue.

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October 11, 2013

Seniors’ Issues Front and Center in Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Talks

On Wednesday, a letter instigated by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) was signed by 51 House Republicans, urging Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to make cuts to Social Security benefits before the debt ceiling is raised and the government is re-opened.

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