En Español | WASHINGTON—AARP released the following statement from Nancy A. LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer in response to today’s Senate passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
“AARP applauds the Senate for today’s bipartisan vote to improve our nation’s infrastructure, including many measures that will benefit the lives of older adults.
“In particular, AARP is pleased that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act supports historic investment in digital equity and increased support for the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Millions more Americans will have access to high-speed internet, including those with limited means, who have faced barriers due to language or ability, or who live in unserved and underserved areas. Internet accessibility is essential for older adults to connect with their families, communities, commerce, and services.
“We are also pleased that the bill includes measures to modernize and expand transportation alternatives, which are key for promoting choice and mobility for those 50+ and with disabilities. Programs like Complete Streets and Safe Streets for All promote increased accessibility and transit options for seniors in their local communities. And provisions to strengthen electric grids and provide clean drinking water will benefit all Americans.
“While today’s vote provides for important improvements, there are many additional challenges facing our nation, and older adults in particular, that must be addressed moving forward. We need to lower prescription drug prices so Americans can afford their medications. We need major investments in home and community based services to allow older Americans to age in their homes. And we strongly urge Congress to support family caregivers by passing the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act and enacting paid leave policies that give working caregivers the flexibility they need. We need action on these urgent issues to meet our country’s current and future needs.”
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AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol and @AARPadvocates, @AliadosAdelante on social media.