ISSUE BACKGROUND: Congress is back in session and Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee are getting ready to vote on spending limits for programs critical to the older adults and caregivers.
Congress failed to reach consensus on overall FY 2023 budget numbers in the last round of negations. Thus, the House Democrats unveiled their initial proposal of $1.6 trillion in spending for defense and non-defense discretionary programs, which is roughly on par with the President’s proposed FY 2023 budget. Since final spending bills will require bipartisan support, we must secure the highest possible levels for our programs in the House Democratic bills before negotiations begin. That’s why we need all hands on deck to push for the highest possible spending levels to support older adults and caregivers!
We must ensure that all Members of Congress know how important increased, stable, federal funding for OAA is to promote the health, well-being and independence of their older constituents and those who care for them. Appropriators must understand the incredible work being done, why it matters to the health and independence of their constituents—and that this work needs to be funded.
It is imperative that all U.S. Senators and Representatives hear from their OAA champions in their state/district and constituents who benefit from the OAA programs and services that your agency delivers. Since the action is primarily in the House over the next two weeks, it is critical to connect with your Representative and/or the Representatives that serve your area - urge them to share their support with their colleagues who sit on the House Appropriations Committee or Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee!