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As Congress Reauthorizes the Older Americans Act, Murray Calls for Continued Focus on Seniors  


(Washington, D.C.) Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement after Congress cleared the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2016, sending the legislation to the President’s desk for his signature.


“In America, every senior should be able to retire with the health, dignity, and independence they’ve earned through a lifetime of hard work,” said Senator Patty Murray. “With the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, we reaffirm our obligation to our seniors by enforcing protections to prevent elder abuse and by expanding crucial programs such as the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Senior Community Service and Employment Program. This bill also sustains investments in vital programs like Meals on Wheels, which supports food security for seniors. Today’s reauthorization is a significant step forward, and I will continue working with all of my colleagues in Congress to live up to our responsibility to our seniors.”