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January 17, 2010

AARP OPPOSES SCHEME TO TURN BUDGET ISSUES OVER TO POLITICAL APPOINTEES

CQ - The powerful AARP lobby called on senators to defeat a proposal to create a debt-fighting commission, as well as any plan to put the "pay-as-you- go" budget rules into law.

Both approaches to stemming the tide of red ink will be considered as floor amendments when the Senate begins debate Jan. 20 on legislation to raise the debt ceiling.

"We oppose providing fast-track authority to a task force that will function with limited accountability outside of the regular order of Congress, and with an exclusive focus on debt reduction," A. Barry Rand, CEO of the seniors' lobby group, wrote in a letter to senators. . .

The commission proposal is set to be considered as an amendment to the debt ceiling increase, and a "pay-as- you-go" amendment may be offered as well. That would require offsetting tax increases or spending cuts anytime Congress improves benefits in entitlement programs or cuts taxes.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and ranking Republican Judd Gregg of New Hampshire are championing the proposal to create a debt commission composed of members of Congress and administration officials. The commission would recommend spending cuts, tax increases or both to rein in the long-term growth in government debt, and Congress would have to vote on the recommendations, up or down without amendments.

Conrad and Gregg say such an approach is the only way to get Congress to pass politically dangerous cuts to programs such as Social Security, or equally unpopular tax increases.

AARP is just the latest organization to denounce the idea. Liberal groups have become increasingly vocal in their opposition to the commission, echoing AARP's warning it would cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. And some conservatives are now opposing the idea on grounds that it would result in tax increases.


1 Comments:

Anonymous fool me once, too often said...

Too late for American Association of Ripping off Poor people. Unless they can actually turn water into wine, they're dead to me. These guys pretend to be a nonprofit service organisation when actually they're a for-profit insurance company.

January 17, 2010 8:24 PM  

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