Capitol Correspondence - 03.17.20

House Passes Older Americans Act, Sends to President

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Following the Senate unanimously passing the Older Americans Act with revisions earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the revised version. The bill will now go to President Trump for his signature. As a refresher, the Older Americans Act is essential to developing, coordinating, and delivering home and community-based services that help older adults remain in their homes and communities as they age.

As U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-WA) stated in her office’s press release on the legislation:

“We have a responsibility to care for the seniors who have cared for us. I have led this important update to the Older Americans Act for more than a year, and I’m thrilled that today the House is sending our legislation to be signed into law. The Older Americans Act will directly improve the lives of millions of older individuals and their families by strengthening several important programs and services, increasing outreach to underserved populations, providing added support to family caregivers, and more. It will also strengthen the aging network’s response to public health emergencies and emerging health threats. I thank Chairman Scott for his leadership in helping to pass the bill in the committee and on the House floor, and I appreciate the support of each of my colleagues who helped make this bipartisan effort a success.”