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File #: Res 0066-2014    Version: * Name: Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Aging
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, ensuring the continuation of vital services for seniors.
Sponsors: James Vacca, Margaret S. Chin, Vincent J. Gentile, Corey D. Johnson, Rosie Mendez, Paul A. Vallone, Helen K. Rosenthal
Council Member Sponsors: 7

Res. No. 66

 

Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, ensuring the continuation of vital services for seniors.

 

By Council Members Vacca, Chin, Gentile, Johnson, Mendez, Vallone and Rosenthal

                      Whereas, The Older Americans Act was first passed by the United States Congress in 1965 as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” package of reforms; and

Whereas, The goal of the Older Americans Act is to provide funding and resources for nutrition, housing and community services for America’s senior citizen population; and

                     Whereas, According to the United States Administration on Aging, the Older Americans Act “is considered to be the major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services” for older Americans; and

                     Whereas, Since its initial passage in 1965, the Older Americans Act has historically been reauthorized by Congress each time it has been set to expire; and

                     Whereas, However, after the last reauthorizing Act in 2006, which extended the law for five years, Congress failed to reauthorize in 2011, allowing the Older Americans Act to expire; and

Whereas, While Congress has continued to fund certain Older Americans Act programs through other appropriations on a yearly basis since 2011, senior advocates claim that failing to reauthorize the Act threatens the future of programs which provide vital resources such as Meals on Wheels, senior centers and senior job training; and

                     Whereas, Without these services, many seniors in New York City and across the country will likely struggle to maintain their previous quality of life, and may face increased health, economic and social challenges; and

                     Whereas, The Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2014, H.R. 3850 and S. 1562, sponsored by Representative Christopher Gibson and Senator Bernie Sanders, respectively, would amend the Older Americans Act to authorize appropriations from 2014 through 2018; and

                     Whereas, H.R. 3850 and S. 1562 would ensure funding for many vital programs and services for senior citizens through 2018; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, ensuring the continuation of vital services for seniors.

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