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49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs Since Stimulus Enacted

October 21, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – In light of the economic forum House Democrats are holding today and based on new statistics released this morning by the Department of Labor, Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) released a state-by-state table showing 49 states and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since the President signed the stimulus bill into law.  ...

Republicans Score Victory for Nation’s Seniors

October 20, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

After nearly a month of requests from Ways and Means Republicans to remove the misguided gag order placed on Medicare plans from communicating with their members, the Obama Administration finally lifted the ban Friday evening. As a result, Medicare plans will once again be able to ...

Stimulus for D.C., but Not for Thee!

October 20, 2009 — The Jobs Search

Last week the Obama Administration offered its first peek into where 2009 stimulus funds have been awarded, by state or territory.  That data shows how stimulus funds awarded to date range from a low of $2 per capita in Puerto Rico, $7 per capita in Rhode Island, and $12 ...

Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Herger Questions AARP’s Policy Reversal

October 20, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Wally Herger (R-CA) today questioned AARP’s unequivocal endorsement of legislation expected to be considered in the coming days by the Senate that will result in massive Medicare premium increases for its members.“It makes no sense for AARP to abandon their long-stated legislative priorities, which had ...

CMS Repeals Misguided Gag Order on Medicare Plans

October 16, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Agency was backing away from its inappropriate and unconstitutional gag order on all Medicare Advantage (MA) and prescription drug plans. On September 21, 2009, CMS issued an order prohibiting all MA and prescription drug plans from communicating with seniors about ...

House Democrats Take Health Care Debate Behind Closed Doors

October 15, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Democrats today shut down the committee process, blocking Republicans from offering amendments to H.R. 3200, the House Democrats' health care legislation.  In doing so, Democrats rammed through a letter to the Budget Committee that paves the way for health care to be considered under reconciliation – which requires only 51 votes for passage in the ...

Camp Statement on Announcement of No Social Security COLA

October 15, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) issued the following statement on the announcement by the Social Security Administration that there would be no annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) next year:“Seniors, those with disabilities and their families are understandably disappointed to learn that the annual cost of living adjustment or COLA they expect in ...

AARP: Healthcare Reform Has Become Most Divisive Issue in Group’s History

October 14, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Healthcare reform is dividing the membership of the AARP more than any other issue ever has.Despite expending vast resources, the AARP has not been able to unite its own membership, Nancy LeaMond, the executive vice president of the organization’s social impact group, told reporters on Wednesday.AARP’s membership is roughly ...