WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.), ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, recently wrote to eight government agencies, requesting information on steps they are taking in response to skyrocketing inflation, which takes a devastating toll on vulnerable Americans including seniors on fixed incomes. Days — and in some cases months — past the letters’ respective deadlines, no agency has produced the requested information.
“With inflation at its highest level in 40 years, many of America’s seniors are being forced to ration their resources,” said Ranking Member Scott. “Sadly, these agencies’ failure to provide information indicates the Biden administration is either ignoring inflation’s devastating effects or simply does not want Congress to know about its inner workings. The American people deserve greater transparency from their leaders in the midst of this economic crisis.”
With inflation at 7.9 percent — the highest 12-month increase in four decades — Americans are struggling to make ends meet. And just last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said inflation will likely remain “uncomfortably high” for another year.
With these numbers in mind, Ranking Member Scott wrote in his letters, “It is clear that inflation has now run much hotter and longer than the Administration expected, but hardworking American families and businesses don’t have the ability to simply ignore sharply rising prices for everyday goods and services.”
The following agencies received a letter from Ranking Member Scott: The Department of Energy (DOE); The Social Security Administration (SSA); The Department of the Treasury (USDT); The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS); The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); The Department of Transportation (DOT); and The Department of Commerce (DOC). While some agencies have been responsive to emails, none have provided the requested information.
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Click here for the full letter to USDA.
Click here for the full letter to CMS.
Click here for the full letter to HUD.
Click here for the full letter to DOT.
Click here for the full letter to DOC.