Stalled negotiations between Obama and congressional leaders earlier in the month resulted in the House Republican and Senate Democratic leadership drawing up separate proposals for tackling the deficit. The House pushed a vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) proposal back from Thursday evening, likely because Republican leadership could not lock down enough votes. Boehner's plan does not include entitlement reforms.
However, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond had a few words for the Boehner’s plan in the letter, too. The letter compares Reid favorably to the alternative.
“Furthermore, it does not premise an additional increase in the debt ceiling on the success of a yet to be formed committee of legislators — a condition that would create great uncertainty for everyone, including our members and other older Americans who would again have no assurance that they could access their retirement income and healthcare this winter,” the letter reads.
Boehner’s proposal included the appointment of 12 members of Congress to what he called a “joint select committee” that would make recommendations on spending cuts and entitlement reform.
The AARP endorsement could be a boon to Reid as he gathers votes for his own bill in the Senate, and would likely have an even greater influence on the votes of House liberals if the bill makes it through the upper chamber.