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AARP Analysis Pinpoints Major Problems in Tax Bill

The tax reform bill (HR 1, the proposed “Tax Cut and Jobs Act”) recently introduced in the House makes a number of substantial changes to the tax system, including eliminating the itemized deduction for high medical expenses, as noted in a new analysis from the AARP Policy Institute...

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House Ways & Means Panel Passes Controversial Tax Reform Bill

The House Ways & Means Committee late this past week approved along party lines a substitute amendment to the GOP tax bill (HR 1) that would give massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations paid for by an estimated $1.5 trillion increase in the federal deficit. As we explain...

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Key Senators Issue Scam Alert for Veterans

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans and their families. Yet, there are scam artists who target these men and women as potential victims and who try to capitalize on patriotism to rob all Americans of their hard-earned money.  As chairman ...

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Senate Aging Committee Takes Up Working with Disabilities

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer with medical and public health advancements. In order for people living with IDD to achieve financial security during their working years and in retirement, employment opportunities and supportive services that help them secure and maintain a good paying job are key. This past week, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Aging Committee, led a hearing examining the unique challenges of people with IDD as they age.

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GOP-led Tax Reform Unlikely to Pass This Year

While congressional Republicans optimistically target completion of tax reform by yearís end with a House vote by Thanksgiving at the latest, legislative logistics and the limited timeframe available -- considering observance of three major holidays in the interim -- make it unlikely lawmakers will achieve a consensus this year.

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Hurricane, Wildfire Disaster Bill Approved

The second of what is expected to be a series of natural disaster appropriations clears the Senate and is sent to President Donald Trumpís desk.

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Senators Strike Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Ended

Two leading senators reached a bipartisan deal earlier this past week to fund subsidies to health insurers that President Donald Trump moved just a few days earlier to cut off. The plan by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) is an effort to stabilize teetering insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Senate Republicans OK Budget Bill Adding $1.5 Trillion to Deficit

The Republican-led Senate approved a budget Oct. 16, setting the stage for the GOPís longtime goal of taking on tax reform. The budget measure contains about $4 trillion in spending cuts and is expected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.

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Bill Promotes Community-Based Services for Frail Elderly

The Coalition to Promote Independence in Medicare is praising and endorsing bipartisan legislation, the proposed “Community-Based Independence for Seniors Act of 2017,” which is aimed at helping seniors stay in their homes The Coalition, a group of 15 national leading health organi...

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Senate Aging Committee Tackles ĎRobocallsí -- Again

The Aging Committee has long focused on the issue of robocalls, which are increasingly used by scammers to perpetuate an endless variety of financial schemes targeting our nationís seniors, including the notorious IRS imposter scam, lottery and sweepstakes scams, computer tech support scams, grandparent scams, and identity theft.

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