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Statement for the Record for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Hearing on Lobbying Regulation Overhaul

Congress is right to be concerned about the growing mistrust by the American people of the political process. The problem is not that average people have too much access and influence, but that special interests appear to have purchased access that is unavailable to the typical American voter. Sensible action will bring special interest lobbying into the sunlight where it belongs while ensuring that the voices of the people you represent continue to be heard.

AARP's members look forward to participating in the public dialogue over how to reform lobbying just as they have in Social Security, Medicare, improving the security of private pensions and protecting the rights of 50+ workers.

We applaud the Committee's timely and bipartisan effort to address the issue, and stand ready to assist in making real reform a reality this year.

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