The AARP’s Public Policy Institute also released nine papers it said examined ways of strengthening the middle class. The AARP said that by looking at such factors as income, assets, housing, health care and education, it was clear that many families find it difficult to maintain their standard of living, especially in retirement.
And AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, who heads the group’s state and federal lobbying efforts, said the organization would have a robust advocacy agenda in 2013. “We don’t know what the contours of the year will look like, but nobody’s planning any long vacations on our team,” she said during a question-and-answer session.
LeaMond added that AARP members “feel strongly that any debate needs to take into consideration the needs of real people and not just hit a budget number.”
But that won’t be the extent of AARP’s lobbying agenda this year. The group also will focus on moving legislation against age discrimination as well as a permanent solution to the Medicare “doc fix” that would avert scheduled payment cuts to physicians. AARP will be a prominent advocacy figure in state capitals and local communities across the nation, she said, urging states to adopt health insurance exchanges, among other issues.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.