By Erik Wasson - 08/11/11 05:27 PM EDT
AARP wants a seat at any bargaining table and has been more open to a deal that could include 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,” Rand said.
The group called for the supercommittee to have an open and transparent process and reiterated its preference for benefits to be discussed outside of a deficit-cutting context.
“Americans want Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to be strengthened as part of a broader conversation around health and economic security, not one focused solely on deficit reduction,” Rand said. “AARP believes that the American public deserves a seat at the table in any forum, including the newly created super committee, and we ask that members of the new committee actively solicit input from people across the country, particularly older Americans.”
Pelosi on Thursday named Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), and Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraBecerra: 'Immigrant basher' Trump won't explain how wife became citizen Sunday Shows Preview: Next steps after Trump's rough week Dem tensions explode in Hispanic Caucus over Trump MORE (D-Calif.) to the supercommittee.
Van Hollen and Clyburn were discussing possible Medicare and Social Security cuts as part of this summer’s Biden group of debt talks, but only in exchange for revenue increases.
Becerra has been more stridently against touching entitlements and voted against the plan devised by the president’s fiscal commission, in part because it would have cut Social Security benefits.
The debt supercommittee is charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts by Nov. 23. If it fails to find $1.2 trillion, automatic cuts — including to Medicare payments to providers — will be triggered in 2013, unless Congress acts to remove the triggers later.