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Reed Presses for Reauthorization of Older Americans Act

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Washington, DC, February 3, 2014 | comments

Rep. Tom Reed is making a push in Washington for Congress to pass the Older Americans Act, a five year, long-term reauthorization of nutrition, transportation and community programs for senior citizens. Reed joined with Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) on the bipartisan reauthorization bill.

“The drive for this bill comes from recent discussions we’ve been having in the district about priorities,” Reed said. “With such a significant senior citizen population in our area, we need fair legislation that protects and supports them. The Older Americans Act is something my colleagues on both sides of the aisle should join in supporting and help move the bill across the finish line. Let’s make this commitment to care for seniors to help them stay healthy and safe.”  

The five year reauthorization under the Older Americans Act focuses particularly on nutrition programs such as Meals on Wheels, transportation services, support for family caregivers, community service and job training and services to prevent senior abuse and neglect.

The AARP recently endorsed the bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, releasing the following: “AARP is pleased Representatives Chris Gibson (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Betty McCollum (D-MN) have introduced a bipartisan, simple reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The Older Americans Act is important legislation that provides older adults with vital programs and services as well as needed respite to their family caregivers.”

At Reed’s recent senior resource event in Seneca County, Reed spoke with seniors and representatives from the local Office of the Aging about the need to enhance services at the local level. “Bringing these local voices to Washington is what will help get the bill to the floor and ultimately, get the bill signed into law,” Reed continued. “The more input we have from senior citizens, their families and caretakers, the better able we are to make the push to reauthorize these vital programs.”


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