The following documents related to consumer affairs and the financial security of people 50-plus are presented in reverse chronological order.
L: On April 3, 2020 AARP sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin urging the Secretary to ensure that America’s retired veterans and Americans who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are similarly able to receive their payments automatically. The economic stimulus payments provided by the CARES Act will provide much needed lifelines to those who struggle to make ends meet, so AARP is urging the Secretary to ensure VA and SSI beneficiaries receive their payments as quickly as possible and without unnecessary filing requirements. (PDF)
L: On March 27, 2020 AARP sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner David Black of the Social Security Administration (SSA) concerning a recent decision to suspend face-to-face services at SSA field offices that will help encourage social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. To be able to give AARP members the information they need, AARP has posed a number of questions about how SSA services are being impacted and what contingency measures are being planned. The SSA’s answers will significantly advance AARP’s understanding and that of its members about the resources SSA can offer individuals now and the services SSA intends to prioritize. (PDF)
L: On March 19, 2020 AARP submitted a letter to Senators Thune, Daines, and King, expressing their support for S.3535 a bill to extend the filing deadline for federal income tax returns until July 15. The extension will help prevent further spread of the coronavirus by ensuring that individuals who need in person assistance can have additional time to file their taxes. (PDF)
C: On March 13, 2020 AARP submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing comments on a proposed rule for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. AARP believes HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule is inadequate to meet HUD’s statutory obligations. (PDF)
L: On February 28, 2020 AARP sent a letter to U.S. Representatives David Scott (D-GA) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) endorsing the Consumer Financial Education and Empowerment Act. This bipartisan legislation will expand education and financial literacy programs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and would provide much-needed financial education and training to American consumers and better equip them to take on the challenges of managing their economic well-being. (PDF)
L: On January 13, 2020 AARP sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging them to vote yes on H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act (POWADA). This bipartisan bill would restore fairness for older workers by reinstating well-established legal standards on workplace discrimination that were undermined by past court cases. Also in this communication AARP informed members of Congress that the January issue of the AARP Bulletin is dedicated to age discrimination and the negative impact it has on older workers. (PDF)