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Protect Medicare and Social Security

Protect Medicare and Social Security

Happy Birthday Medicare and Social Security! As we celebrate Medicare’s recent 50th anniversary, and Social Security’s 80th anniversary on August 14th, it is the perfect time to remind our representatives about the importance of these critical programs. Social Security and Medicare provide vulnerable seniors with access to high-quality health care, and with the opportunity to retire with the security and […]

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AFGE Hits Social Security Plans to Force Internet-Only Communication

WASHINGTON –Despite huge past problems with electronic verification of Social Security eligibility, the union representing the system’s workers says the Social Security Administration (SSA) is charging ahead with a plan to force almost all recipients into Internet-only communication. And that could endanger benefits for millions of people, adds AFGE.

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AFSA Attends Conference Advocating for Social Security Expansion

AFSA Attends Conference Advocating for Social Security Expansion

On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, AFSA attended a conference at the Senate Hart Office Building, on the benefits of expanding Social Security. The briefing including a distinguished panel of experts, including representatives from the Economic Policy Institute, AFL-CIO, Alliance for Retired Americans, Social Security Works among others. During the conference, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) launched an open letter […]

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Trumka Warns Dems: Stick By Social Security, Medicare

LAS VEGAS—AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has put lawmakers on notice to stick by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid or face labor opposition at the polls next year. His Oct. 21 speech to the International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans in Las Vegas was directed at both parties, but with a special warning for the Democrats. His warning is notable because […]

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Not the Way you Want to Spend a Birthday

Being under attack is not the way you want to spend your birthday.  But as Social Security celebrated the 78th anniversary of its enactment, which occurred on Aug. 14, 1935, that’s where the nation’s retirement security system found itself. That’s because as part of so-called deficit-cutting schemes, both congressional Republicans and Democratic President Barack Obama are backing smaller future Social […]

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Show Support for the Strengthen Social Security Act

There are currently proposals in Congress that would seriously threaten Social Security by reducing benefits to retirees. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) recently introduced legislation that rejects this approach and will strengthen and protect Social Security. Senator Harkin’s Strengthen Social Security Act will not only protect retirees from calculated benefit cuts, it will increase Social Security’s Cost-of-Living-Adjustments by an average of […]

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Social Security Advocated Tells Lawmakers: Inflation Measure Shortchanges Elderly

WASHINGTON —The current inflation measure used to calculate yearly cost of living adjustments for Social Security recipients, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), understates the inflation that the elderly face, an advocate for the program says. And Nancy Altman, co-chair of the Social Security Works coalition, told lawmakers that instead of considering how to cut the cost of living adjustments, Social […]

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President Diann Woodard’s Statement on Obama’s Budget Request for FY 2014

President Diann Woodard’s Statement on Obama’s Budget Request for FY 2014

On Wednesday, April 10th, President Obama officially released his budget request for Fiscal Year 2014.
AFSA is very pleased Obama’s request includes $71.2 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Education, which is an increase of $3.1 billion, or 4.5 percent, above the FY 2012 level.

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Progressive Activists, Senators Warn: Obama Budget to Propose Lower Social Security Hikes

 WASHINGTON —A progressive activists’ group and the leader of the Senate Social Security caucus are warning that Democratic President Barack Obama’s budget blueprint will call for smaller increases in Social Security benefits. The budget blueprint would accomplish that, the Campaign for America’s Future and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., add, by basing future cost of living hikes for Social Security recipients […]

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