WASHINGTON, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 26, 2010. AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement today after a vote in the U.S. Senate on a proposed fast-track debt commission:
“On behalf of the association’s nearly 40 million members, AARP is relieved that the Senate rejected a provision that would likely have targeted significant reductions in the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs that serve as lifelines for millions of Americans in the name of debt reduction. Our members have contacted their senators to express their strong opposition to this commission, which would have operated on a fast track without the benefit of full transparency, congressional accountability, or open debate and amendment.
“AARP will continue to evaluate any budget proposals, including any commission or task force proposals, by examining the long-term impact on older Americans ? indeed all Americans ? in strengthening the pillars of health and retirement security. We must ensure that Congress and the Administration address our nation’s debt in an open, fair and transparent process, where balanced proposals are subject to full debate and amendment by accountable, elected Members of Congress.
“Our nation is facing an important challenge to manage the nation’s budget while at the same time strengthening the health and economic security of millions of Americans. AARP looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to address the long-term fiscal health of our nation and to improve the lives of all older Americans and their families.”