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House Passes Bonamici Bill to Update Older Americans Act

October 28, 2019
Press Release

 

WASHINGTON, DC [10/28/19] – Today the House passed legislation led by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) to update and revitalize programs and services that support nearly 11 million aging Americans and their caregivers.

 

The Dignity in Aging Act, H.R. 4334, reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) and increases funding for social services and community-based programs like Meals on Wheels. Bonamici is Chair of the Education and Labor Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, which has jurisdiction over OAA.

 

“Aging Americans have supported our communities throughout their lives – now it is our turn to care for them,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “I’m proud that the House passed my bipartisan Dignity in Aging Act, which will provide seniors and their caregivers with desperately needed resources and expanded services. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate so this legislation can swiftly be signed into law.”

 

Bonamici spoke on the House floor to encourage her colleagues to support final passage. Video of her remarks can be found here.

 

I have heard and read too many stories about seniors rationing medication or saving portions of their meals so that they can stretch their resources just a bit further into the week,” Bonamici said on the House floor.  “… This bill provides a rare bipartisan opportunity to help millions of older Americans across the country spend less of their limited income on costly care and, just as importantly, to empower every individual to age with dignity.”

 

To read the fact sheet on the Dignity in Aging Act, click here.

 

OAA, originally passed in 1965, is the primary legislation that covers social and nutrition services for older Americans and their caregivers. Bonamici also played a lead role in the last reauthorization of OAA, which took place in 2016.

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