As a part of her state tour throughout August, Senator Baldwin met with local seniors and community leaders at the Brown County Aging and Disability Resource Center in Green Bay to discuss the importance of federal funding for senior programs and the damaging effects of sequestration.
Tammy has been a long-time supporter of the Older Americans Act, legislation that has funded senior community programs across the country for nearly fifty years and helped seniors retain dignity and independence in the later stages of life. Recent federal budget cuts have harmed these programs and have Wisconsin seniors concerned about their future.
Lisa, a board member of ARDC, explained that many seniors are living in poverty because they don't have the resources to live without support and said that it's essential to have a safety net of services -- for housing, transportation, and meals -- to help them.
Mary, a supervisor at ARDC, added that the center receives about 50 calls a week from people seeking information on their services and that these programs keep seniors from feeling isolated and bring them together as one community.
In June, Tammy highlighted the impact of sequestration on Wisconsin seniors at a committee hearing on the Older American's Act. She talked about the reduction to Meals on Wheels, a meal delivery service, and shared stories from La Crosse area seniors.
"The Older Americans Act has been a nearly 50-year-old promise--enacted in the same year as the creation of Medicare--that seniors in our country may live in dignity, with independence, and in the comfort of their own homes. Though Older Americans Act programs often serve as a lifeline to seniors, their importance is too often forgotten by lawmakers."
Tammy is committed to fighting for economic security and keeping our country's promise to seniors by preserving and protecting federal programs.