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Seniors groups lobby super-committee

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Following the naming of the final three members of the 12-person Congressional super-committee, AARP got right to work lobbying for the group’s interests. The group’s CEO, A. Barry Rand, issued a statement warning that cuts to Medicare and Social Security “could undermine the standard of living today and for future middle-class generations.”

AARP has signaled that it could accept some cuts to future Social Security beneficiaries. “AARP looks forward to working with the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to ensure that the health and retirement security of current and future generations is protected,” said Rand.

The more intransigent Strengthen Social Security Campaign has insisted that Social Security be eliminated from super-committee deliberations. A spokesperson for that group said, “We believe Social Security should not even be considered for cuts by the committee.”

The super-committee must find at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions by Nov. 23. If it fails to find $1.2 trillion in savings, automatic cuts will take place to Medicare providers beginning in 2013 unless Congress acts to counter those cutbacks.

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