March 07, 2014

House Budget Committee Chair Ryan Misrepresents Economists in Poverty Report

The House Budget Committee released a report, The War on Poverty: Fifty Years Later, on Monday, and the findings left several economists and social scientists bemused and angry, according to The Fiscal Times.

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February 28, 2014

U.S. Ranks Just 19th in Retirement Security Worldwide

U.S. retirees are facing worse conditions for their golden years than retired workers in many other developed countries -- from Canada and the United Kingdom to South Korea, CNN reports.

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February 21, 2014

President Obama Takes the Chained CPI out of his Fiscal 2015 Budget

In a great victory for the Alliance, White House staff has announced that President Obama’s Fiscal 2015 budget will not include a switch to the chained CPI formula that would limit cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other programs.

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February 14, 2014

Wall Street Journal Profiles People Affected by Failure to Expand Medicaid…

The Affordable Care Act was meant to cover people in part by expanding Medicaid to workers earning up to the federal poverty line—about $11,670 for a single person; more for families.

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February 07, 2014

NY Gov. Candidate Astorino: Let Seniors Eat Soup, and They Won’t Need Dentures

This past Monday, Republican/Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino formed an exploratory Committee to run for New York Governor against Andrew Cuomo (D). The New York Daily News covered it by reporting on an interview that Mr. Astorino gave in 2011.

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January 31, 2014

President Stays Away from Cuts to Key Programs in State of the Union Speech

President Obama’s State of the Union address avoided mention of some policies that would prove damaging to retirees, such as the chained CPI cut to earned Social Security benefits or other cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

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January 24, 2014

Supreme Court Hears Landmark Union Case Involving Home Health Care Workers

This week, U.S. Supreme Court heard Harris vs. Quinn, a case concerning in-home care providers who work with Medicaid patients, and their right to unionize. In response to high turnover rates and low wages amongst home care providers, 20,000 individuals in Illinois voted to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), securing higher union wages in negotiations with the state.

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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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