This deal does signify a willingness to move forward without the constant threat of shutdowns and will make it easier for providers of aging service to plan for the next two years.
It is important to remember that the appropriations process will still determine exactly how the new overall levels are spent, and there are crucial aging programs that have been short changed in recent years, particularly senior housing. We will continue to work to restore funding in those areas.
B’nai B’rith is also pleased that, with a few notable exceptions, older adults and retirement programs were not asked to underwrite this shift in deficit reduction. We hope going forward that the massive cuts domestic programs have taken to contribute to federal deficit reduction will be recognized and curtailed. The elderly and the poor by and large bear the brunt of the already-implemented domestic spending cuts and these groups should not be asked to be first in line to again sacrifice.