FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2023
Sen. Braun highlights lowering healthcare costs and protecting retirement funds as Aging Committee priorities
WASHINGTON—Last week, Ranking Member Braun sent a letter to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Whitehouse and Ranking Member Grassley detailing the Ranking Member Braun’s priorities and overall budget concerns for the Senate Special Committee on Aging. In the letter, the Ranking Member highlights several priorities including sustaining programs that are essential to seniors like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid by reducing deficit spending and balancing the budget, protecting seniors' retirement funds and work flexibility, increasing health care competition and transparency, and protecting seniors from frauds and scams.
The letter is in response to the Budget Committee’s request for views and estimates of programs under the jurisdiction of the Special Committee on Aging as required by the Section 301(d) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
Ranking Member Braun writes,
“Seniors represent the fastest growing demographic segment of the population with more than 10,000 people turning 65 years old each day. By 2035, the number of seniors will exceed the number of children for the first time in American history. The work of the Committee on Aging Minority (“the Committee”) represents a national imperative. The Committee will prioritize policies that sustain programs that are essential to our nation’s seniors and most vulnerable populations, protect older Americans’ retirement funds, improve the Older Americans Act, lower healthcare costs through competition and transparency, and safeguard safety net programs for future generations.”
Read the full letter here.