Scott Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Update the Older Americans Act
WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passage of S. 192, Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 – a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act:
“Today’s bipartisan vote to reauthorize the Older Americans Act underscores our moral obligation to help older Americans live in dignity and stay connected to their communities.
“I commend my colleagues for their commitment and diligence to reauthorize the Older Americans Act in a bipartisan way. Providing our seniors with the health services, nutrition, and supportive services they need makes them less likely to suffer illness and injury, less likely to incur expensive hospital visits, and more likely to live independently.
“The reality is that one in 10 Americans over the age of 65 lives in poverty and older Americans are also working longer – some because they want to, but many because they need to, so that they can secure their financial futures in the face of retirement insecurity. I am pleased that we were able to agree on increased funding for these important programs.”
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