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    Tell Congress, That’s No Way to Run a Railroad

    No Way to Run a Railroad 200The saying referenced in today’s headline dates back to 1932, though few remember that it originally appeared in a comic book.  If you were born that year you would be 84 years old today, and you might still be working according to the latest data.

    By 2020, it is estimated that workers 55 and over will make up 25 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, up from 13 percent in 2000.  National Employ Older Workers Week, held annually the last full week of September, recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce.  It also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job skills training to individuals 55 or older with limited financial resources. Since its inception, SCSEP has helped over one million older Americans enter the workforce.

    But SCSEP and a host of other workforce programs are at risk because Congress can’t seem to run its railroad on time.  With the end of the fiscal year looming on October 1 not one single spending bill has been sent to the President.  Even more bizarrely, a few people in Congress want to push the whole process into March of next year!

    Blow the whistle and tell Congress to get its act back on track and finish all the spending bills before the end of the year.

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