Tag: Seniors

Senators Wyden and Merkley Urging Leadership to Renew SRS Payments to Counties

US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have urged their colleagues to keep the government’s promise to rural communities in Oregon, 40 other states and Puerto Rico by passing legislation that would provide vital funding for schools, law enforcement and essential road repairs. Since payments through the Secure Rural Schools

Wyden, Merkley urge Trump: Don’t cut Medicare, Medicaid

A total of 21 Democrat U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, sent a letter Wednesday to President-elect Donald Trump to remind him of his campaign promises to reject cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and to ask that he clarify whether he still intends to do so. The

A Democratic Senator Weighs In On Trump’s Emerging Cabinet

As Donald Trump’s cabinet takes shape, Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, weighs in. He says he’s “deeply concerned” about the choice of Ben Carson to leading Housing and Urban Development. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now that President-elect Donald Trump has nominated some of his choices for cabinet positions, the Senate

Sen. Jeff Merkley on Republicans’ efforts to repeal and delay

Sen. Jeff Merkley, the junior Democrat from Oregon, takes a dim view of his Republican colleagues’ strategy to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act — but delay the effective date. Republicans don’t want the “the millions hurt by repeal to be hurt before the next election, so they push it beyond

We Have a Retirement Savings Problem. Politicians Can Help.

It should be easier to save money for retirement. We can all agree on that, right? But about half of all Americans who work in the private sector do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan like a 401(k). Federal legislation to increase those numbers has not amounted to much.

Merkley Decries Inadequate Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the Social Security Administration announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of only .3 percent for 2017. This news follows a COLA of zero for 2016. “With today’s announcement, the Social Security Administration is saying that seniors only need about

Editorial: Social Security should get the message

We’d think the Social Security Administration would be senior-savvy. It recently revealed it is not. On July 30, Social Security rolled out a new safeguard for users of its “my Social Security” accounts. Those are online accounts for doing things such as reviewing benefits, changing address or changing the location

Social Security changes policy to better accommodate seniors

WASHINGTON – Last week, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., wrote a letter to Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin to address his concerns over a new system that would block online access to benefits for seniors without a text-enabled cellphone. The Social Security Administration announced Monday they will change the policy and