WAMU 88.5 : News

Congresswomen Write Obama On Entitlement Programs

Play associated audio

With lawmakers looking to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget, members of both political parties are debating whether to change entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D) says not so fast. She joined all of her female Democratic colleagues in sending President Obama a letter pointing out that changing entitlements will have the biggest impact on women.

"Social Security is their security, Social Security is their groceries, it is their day-to-day expenses, so it's not an option," says Edwards.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) says women in the District would be hit especially hard by any cuts to the programs.

"Social Security and Medicaid, as it turns out, are women's issues," Holmes says. "Yes, they affect everybody, but because women live longer, have lower incomes, do not have pensions. They are disproportionately affected, especially in the District of Columbia."

President Obama and Republicans have been discussing changing these programs during negotiations to raise the federal debt limit.

NPR

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
NPR

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
NPR

Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.
NPR

Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.