February 3, 2020
Last week, leaders on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and Aging Committees introduced a bipartisan, bicameral compromise bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act for five years. The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, H.R. 4334, reflects a diligent effort from both House and Senate lawmakers to achieve an OAA reauthorization proposal that supports the needs of the nation’s growing number of older adults—and includes many of n4a’s top priorities.
As detailed in last week’s Legislative Update, the final compromise measure includes many of the same—or slightly modified—provisions that were in the House-passed bill and the bill that the Senate introduced in December. This is good news as many of legislative specifics were carefully drafted and included intensive input from n4a and other aging advocates.
n4a has endorsed the bill, and we are optimistic that the Senate and House will advance the compromise measure in the very near future. However, it is critical that lawmakers hear from local aging advocates to help get OAA reauthorization over the finish line! Contact your lawmakers to urge them to approve the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020!
Next Steps for OAA Reauthorization
The Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, H.R. 4334, could circumvent additional committee action in the Senate to move straight to floor consideration. This is great news because it would significantly expedite the Senate approval process.
Following what we hope will be speedy Senate approval, the bill would then have to go back to the House for passage before heading to the President’s desk for signature. We don’t anticipate major hurdles to House approval, but we do know that action from grassroots advocates will be essential to ensuring that this bill gets to the President’s desk this winter!