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Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 1-31-14

Headlines:
President Stays Away from Cuts to Key Programs in State of the Union Speech
Illinois Public Sector Unions Sue to Block Pension Theft
In Fight of Their Lives, Union Members Rally at Pennsylvania State Capitol
Coalition Challenges ALEC with the Facts
Today is Intercontinental Day of Action against the TPP; Harry Reid Lends Support
Thousands Join Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday Night Call
Alliance’s Virginia Chapter Marks Its Third Year

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. “Now, we must work to increase Social Security benefits,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. Mr. Fiesta added, “We applaud the President’s efforts to attack income inequality. An initiative to raise the minimum wage, and a re…

Retirees Breathe a Sigh of Relief

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2014
Contact: David Blank – 202/637-5275 or dblank@retiredamericans.org 


Retirees Breathe a Sigh of Relief Following State of the Union Address

President Addresses Income Inequality, Has No Plans to Cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid


The following statement was issued today by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

“Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans watched the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night with an eye on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Income Inequality.

“We are relieved that the President did not mention support for the chained CPI cut to earned Social Security benefits or any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Retirees let out a collective sigh of relief when the address was over. Now, we must work to increase Social Security benefits.

“The President has stood strong in stopping attempts by Republicans to raise Medicare’s eligibility age. He has also …

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert, 1-24-14

Headlines:
Supreme Court Hears Landmark Union Case Involving Home Health Care Workers
Last Chance to RSVP for Conference Call with Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday Night
Insurance Industry Ads Seek to Preempt Medicare Advantage Cuts
Scam Using Medical Alert Devices was Aimed at Seniors
Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans Holds its Convention, Elects Officers
Obituary: Kenny Stevens, Member of Alliance Executive and Regional Boards
Obituary for former Vermont Alliance President Chet Briggs


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. In response, the anti-union group the National Right …

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 1-10-14

Headlines:
No Consensus So Far on Extension of Unemployment Benefits;
Spending Bill: Limited Relief for Some Military Retirees, but Tax Loopholes Remain;
GAO Reports on Drug Companies That Listed the Wrong Prices Online;
Koch Brothers Invade Pennsylvania;
At NAFTA’s 20-Year Anniversary, an Assessment

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. For more than a week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) kept the Senate focused on restoring expired emergency unemployment benefits, an effort that failed in two separate votes. The chamber voted 52-48 (see tally at http://tinyurl.com/mpk4xgl) to reject a proposal to extend benefits through November and pay for it by extending the sequester’s manda…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 1-10-14

Headlines:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Down Despite the Extreme Cold
Tell AT&T Corporation to Respect Retirees
Extension of Federal Benefits for the Long-term Unemployed Clears One Hurdle
Come to the Alliance’s Convention, April 28 – May 1, 2014, at Bally's Hotel Las Vegas
National Academy of Social Insurance Conference Begins January 29 in DC
Obituary: Donna McGrath


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 (http://tinyurl.com/lxkp369). Large sections of the United States have recently been frozen by the grip of winter, with a weather system known as a polar vortex bringing subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions. Temperatures reached as low as 50 or 60 de…

Call Your Senators Today

If you haven’t phoned or contacted your U.S. Senators about the need to extend unemployment compensation for those who haven’t been able to find employment, this morning is the time to do it.

Senate Democrats, this morning, at 10 am, will try to continue debating this important legislation. They will need 60 votes.

If you want a good example of how far the right wing will go to cause human pain, misery, suffering or  death, just watch them on C-span.

Their argument is expected to be something like “oh, we want to help those people who haven’t been able to find a job, but we have to pay for it first.” This is a pretty weak argument because they were willing to shut down down the government a month or so ago, and the cost of that fiasco is estimated to have cost $24 billion.

One phone number that you can always rely on to contact your congressperson or Senators is the Senior Flash Hotline at 800-998-0180.