Legislative Update for Week Ending December 28, 2012

Legislative Update for Week Ending December 28, 2012

Members of Congress adjourned for the holiday recess this week, with the Senate returning on Thursday to resume Fiscal Cliff negotiations.

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Continue

Lawmakers returned to their home states and districts this week to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Members of the Senate returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday, while Members of the House are expected to return on Sunday, just one day before the Fiscal Cliff is scheduled to hit.

Many are wary at this point in time about the likelihood of reaching a deal before the December 31st deadline. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) predicted that the Fiscal Cliff would hit as scheduled, saying, “It looks like that’s where we’re headed.” Any hope of reaching a deal now lies in the hands of Majority Leader Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY).

The Senior Citizens League sincerely hopes that Members of Congress will responsibly avert the Fiscal Cliff without enacting harsh Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts. As the deadline nears, we will continue to warn lawmakers about the potential threats that benefit cuts would pose.  In addition, we encourage you to contact your Members of Congress to request their support for fair cost-of-living adjustments and a temporary “doc fix.” To find contact information for your elected officials, click HERE.