Apr 8, 2016
AARP Lauds Senate Action on OAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — AARP applauds the U.S. Senate for expediting passage of the long-awaited bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Older Americans Act (OAA). Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of S. 192, legislation that passed unanimously in the Senate in July 2015.

“AARP urges President Obama to quickly sign this bill,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We are appreciative of the bipartisan work to get this bill passed. Reauthorizing the OAA will help the millions of vulnerable older Americans who depend on the programs and services that the OAA helps to fund.

“We appreciate the hard work of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. We would especially like to thank Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) for their extensive leadership through this process and for working to improve the lives of millions of older Americans,” said Jenkins.

Since the OAA was enacted into law in 1965, millions of at-risk older Americans have benefited from the services it helps to fund, including Meals-on-Wheels, preventive health and transportation services, family caregiver assistance, elder abuse prevention and detection, and part-time community service employment and training.

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About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name.  As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

Greg Phillips, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia