July 25, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan Releases Anti-Poverty Proposal

On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled a new proposal to overhaul federal anti-poverty programs and shift more control to individual states. Under Ryan’s plan, most of the federal government’s anti-poverty programs, including food stamps and housing vouchers, would be consolidated into a single program that would be overseen more closely at the state level.

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July 18, 2014

Capitol Hill Event Puts Focus on Older Unemployed Workers

On Wednesday, Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance, teamed up with several Members of Congress, the Center for Effective Government, and other advocacy organizations to draw attention to older unemployed jobseekers.

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July 11, 2014

Social Security Disability Insurance Event Shines a Light on Program’s Importance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) coverage, which workers earn through Social Security payroll tax contributions, provides benefits to 8.9 million disabled American workers and 1.9 million dependent children of disabled workers. On Tuesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Alliance Legislative Representative Eva Dominguez were featured speakers at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress focusing on the importance of SSDI.

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July 04, 2014

Supreme Court Sides with One Percent in Home Health Care Case

The anti-union organization, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation – funded by the Koch and Walton families and others – brought the Harris v. Quinn suit.  Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance, said, “Corporations, the Koch brothers and their extremist allies continue to pursue anti-retiree, anti-worker legislation in the states and in the courts. Instead of using the courts to take away the rights of working Americans like caregivers, we must reduce income and wealth inequality and enhance Americans’ economic security in both working years and in retirement.”

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June 27, 2014

Obama Picks Carolyn W. Colvin to Lead Social Security Administration

Late last week, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carolyn W. Colvin to lead the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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June 20, 2014

Senate Holds Hearing on Social Security Field Office Closures and Service Cuts

On Wednesday, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to look at the impact of recent Social Security field office closures and service cuts.

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June 13, 2014

Leaders in Washington Pushing to Strengthen and Expand Social Security

In a sign that the push to expand Social Security is continuing to build support, on Wednesday Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Retirement and Income Security Enhancements (RAISE) Act. The RAISE Act would enhance Social Security benefits for widows, widowers, and divorced spouses while extending benefit eligibility for children of retired, disabled, and deceased workers.

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June 06, 2014

GOP Calls for Repeal of Affordable Care Act Are Fading Fast

In a sign that the harshest opposition to the Affordable Care Act may be softening, GOP candidates across the country are dropping calls to repeal the health care reform law and are instead spending this year’s election season talking about trying to “fix” it.

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May 30, 2014

The Alliance Releases Annual Voting Record Rating Congress

On Thursday, the Alliance released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues important to current and future retirees.

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May 23, 2014

Quality Home Care and Public Sector Unions at Risk in Supreme Court Case

In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling in Harris v. Quinn, a case involving the payment of union dues by public-sector home health workers in Illinois.

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