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Women and Social Security Alert No. 28

May 2010; New research from the Older Women's League (OWL), plus news on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and event information from the Urban Institute and NASI.

ITEMS IN THIS ALERT:

New Research

  • Older Women’s League (OWL) Releases 2010 Mother’s Day Report,End-Of-Life Choices: Who Decides?

In the News

  • Public Demands Greater Transparency from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
  • National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Establishes Working Groups
  • White House Names May Older Americans Month

Upcoming Events

  • Urban Institute Forum Series – “The Social Side of Social Security: Can Benefit Adequacy and Equity Be Improved?” – June 16, 2010
  • NASI Briefing – “Social Security at 75:  The Legacy and Vision” – June 22, 2010
  • While Protecting Those Who Cannot Work” – July 14, 2010

 

NEW RESEARCH

Older Women’s League (OWL) Releases 2010 Mother’s Day Report,End-Of-Life Choices: Who Decides?

On Sunday, May 9, 2010, the Older Women’s League (OWL) released its 2010 Mother’s Day Report, End-Of-Life Choices: Who Decides? The report consists of stories and articles put together by OWL supporters and members to highlight the issues that are important to women at the end of life.  The 2010 OWL Mother’s Day Report features the work of artist Deidre Scherer.  Throughout the report her images depict end-of-life scenes that illustrate the emotional, personal, and striking process of dying.  To read the full report, please visit:  http://www.owl-national.org/Mothers_Day_Reports.html.

IN THE NEWS

Public Demands Greater Transparency from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

On April 27, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform held their first meeting behind closed doors despite mounting pressure to make all meetings open to the public.  Members of the public are urging the Commission to make its work more transparent to prevent behind-the-scenes deals that will shred popular entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.  Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and 15 of his colleagues joined the public in asking for greater transparency when they asked the Commission to post live streams of their meetings online and to allow C-SPAN to broadcast future meetings.

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Establishes Working Groups

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility recently established three working groups focused on discretionary spending, mandatory spending, and tax policy.  Members of the Working Groups are:

Discretionary Spending

  • Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
  • David Cote, Chairman, CEO, and President of Honeywell
  • Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • Ann Fudge, Chair and CEO of Young and Rubicam Brands
  • Senator Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  • Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor at Georgetown University
  • Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Representative John Spratt (D-SC)

Mandatory Spending

  • Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
  • Representative Xavier Beccera (D-CA)
  • Representative David Camp (R-MI)
  • Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
  • Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
  • Senator Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  • Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and visiting professor at Georgetown University
  • Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)
  • Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Representative John Spratt (D-SC)
  • Andy Stern, Former President of the Service Employees International Union

Tax Policy

  • Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
  • Representative Xavier Beccera (D-CA)
  • Representative David Camp (R-MI)
  • Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)
  • David Cote, Chairman, CEO, and President of Honeywell
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • Ann Fudge, Chair and CEO of Young and Rubicam Brands
  • Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH)
  • Andy Stern, Former President of the Service Employees International Union

 

White House Names May Older Americans Month

On April 28, 2010, the White House Issued a Proclamation Declaring May Older Americans Month.  This year’s theme for Older Americans Month is “Age Strong, Live Long.”  Older Americans Month recognizes the efforts of people of all ages to promote the well-being, community involvement, and independence of senior citizens.  As part of the proclamation, the White House stated it intends to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid and protect Social Security.  The White House also cited the Affordable Care Act which will begin in 2011 and provide free preventive care, enhance care coordination, and close the “donut hole” in prescription drug coverage.  The White House also highlighted its commitment to the Middle Class Task Force’s Caregiver Initiative as an example of an investment in wellness and prevention programs that allow seniors to remain healthy and at home.  For more information on the Older Americans Month and the White House’s policy initiatives in this area, please visit:http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-older-americans-month.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Urban Institute Forum Series – “The Social Side of Social Security: Can Benefit Adequacy and Equity Be Improved?” – June 16, 2010

“The Social Side of Social Security: Can Benefit Adequacy and Equity Be Improved?” will be held on Wednesday, June 16, from 8:30-10:00 AM.  The location is to be determined.  
Speakers Include:

  • Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), sponsor of H.R. 769, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2009
  • Melissa Favreault, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute; coauthor,Social Security and the Family
  • Virginia P. Reno, Vice President for Income Security Policy, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Sylvester Schieber, Former Chair, Social Security Advisory Board
  • Paul van de Water, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Former Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Social Security Administration

RSVP online at http://www.urban.org/events/other3/RSVP.cfm

NASI Briefing – “Social Security at 75:  The Legacy and Vision” – June 22, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
8:30 AM-4:30 PM

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Social Security helped pave a humane path out of the Great Depression in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s broad agenda that lifted the poor and fostered the growth of a strong middle class.  In today’s Great Recession, pundits question whether we can still afford Social Security’s promise to empower the vulnerable and sustain a vibrant middle class for tomorrow’s working families.  This forum explores lessons from history that shed light on the future.
Speakers Include:

  • Nancy Altman, Co-Director of Social Security Works, author of The Battle for Social Security
  • Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Hilary Doe, Director, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
  • Doug Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum and Former Director, Congressional Budget Office
  • Meizhu Lui, Director of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development
  • Lisa Mensah, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security
  • Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions

To RSVP, please visit: https://www.nasi.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=120

Urban Institute Forum Series – “The Big Balance: Raising the Retirement Age While Protecting Those Who Cannot Work” – July 14, 2010

“The Big Balance: Raising the Retirement Age While Protecting Those Who Cannot Work” will be held on Wednesday, July 14 from 8:30-10:00 AM. The location is to be determined.  
Speakers Include:

  • Gary Burtless, Senior Fellow and John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair in Economic Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Richard W. Johnson, Senior fellow and Director, Program on Retirement Policy, Urban Institute
  • Karyne Jones, President and CEO, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
  • Monique Morrissey, Economist, Economic Policy Institute
  • David Stapleton, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Studying Disability Policy, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Frank Todisco, Senior Pension Fellow, American Academy of Actuaries

RSVP online at http://www.urban.org/events/other4/RSVP.cfm

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