January 17, 2014

No Consensus So Far on Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Negotiations to extend emergency benefits for the long-term jobless came to a standstill in the Senate on Tuesday. That leaves more than 1.4 million people without federal unemployment aid at least until late January, when lawmakers are likely to resume consideration of the legislation.

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January 10, 2014

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Down Despite the Extreme Cold

Huffington Post reports that sequestration's budget cuts last year have left thousands of families in the cold this winter. Congress cut funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by about $155 million, and total funding has decreased from $5.1 billion to $3.32 billion since 2010.

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December 20, 2013

Senate Passes Budget Deal

This Tuesday, the Senate voted to end debate on a two-year budget deal and put it up for final passage. On Wednesday, the deal passed the Senate in a 64-36 vote. The bill sets spending levels for 2014 and 2015 and reduces sequester spending cuts by $63 billion over the next two years. The agreement heeds our calls against cuts to our Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; however, it missed a key opportunity to close tax loopholes that corporations and wealthy individuals use to escape paying their fair share of taxes, in many cases any taxes at all.

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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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