AARP Strongly Disappointed in Senate Failure to Provide Economic Relief For Millions of Older Americans

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–March 4, 2010.  AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released this statement following the Senate’s vote on two amendments, sponsored by Senators Sanders and Burr, to provide $250 in economic relief for millions of older Americans, veterans and persons with disabilities who continue to struggle through these difficult economic times.

“AARP is strongly disappointed that the Senate was unable to find common ground to pass needed economic relief for 57 million retirees, veterans and people with disabilities whose Social Security benefits are frozen this year. In fact, their monthly checks have remained flat at a time when health care costs are rising dramatically. Older Americans spend 30% or more of their income on health care and these costs are expected to continue to rise again throughout 2010.

“While it is clear that Democrats and Republicans agree that older Americans need relief during these difficult economic times, it is increasingly frustrating to watch lawmakers, armed with compelling stories of their constituents who are struggling to make ends meet, not take action for older Americans. Congress must be able to come together and provide assistance for millions of Americans in a responsible way.

“AARP will continue to press Congress and the Administration to pass legislation to provide support for millions of older Americans as soon as possible.”