U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) cosponsored the Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust (RUSH) Act. This legislation would designate Holocaust survivors under the definition of "greatest social need" in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). This prioritizes services to some of the most vulnerable older Americans including ensuring that meals provided through the OAA can meet seniors' special cultural and religious dietary needs and adding transportation services for vulnerable seniors in need of mobility and self-sufficiency to the list of OAA programs authorized for appropriations.
"Survivors of the Holocaust faced unimaginable suffering, and yet through it all and in the years that followed, they have lived lives of honor and grace. As they grow older, it is our responsibility to ensure their remaining years are matched with the dignity in which they have lived their lives," Portman said.
The legislation was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D--Maryland), Mark Kirk (R--Illinois), and Barbara Mikulski (D--Maryland).