n4a Letter to House and Senate Appropriators Supporting OAA Funding Increases for FY 2016
On November 4, n4a sent a letter to leadership of and Members on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees encouraging lawmakers to, at a minimum, restore recent cuts to Older Americans Act and other aging programs and also requesting long-overdue funding increases for these services and supports.
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which was signed into law on November 2, provided increases to federal budget caps established under the 2011 Budget Control Act. The increases approved under the recent budget agreement allocate overall roughly $33 billion more in funding for non-defense discretionary programs, including OAA. It is now up to appropriators in both the House and Senate to determine individual funding amounts for every federal program. It is critical that advocates weigh in to push for more funding for OAA to restore recent cuts and increase funding for essential services that keep seniors in their homes and communities. For more information and ways you can help, see n4a's November 6 Advocacy Alert.
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