B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International is pleased with the recently signed, bipartisan federal funding bill that passed by wide margins in both chambers of Congress. The bill was signed into law on Jan. 19 and will fund the country through the end of the fiscal year. We are hopeful that this signals a return to regular order and that the appropriations process for 2015 can be carried out in a manner that allows for debate, compromise and resolution.
B’nai B’rith will continue to pursue its advocacy objectives in 2014, including working to increase funding for and understanding of senior housing and the role it plays in supporting aging in place and controlling health care spending. B’nai B’rith will also seek the reauthorization and adequate funding of the Older Americans Act and its programs, as well as advocating for expanded Social Security to close the retirement-savings gap created by the recession.
Improving Medicare also remains a priority. B’nai B’rith will call for the protection of Medicare beneficiaries--most of whom live on modest and fixed incomes--from proposals that would increase their costs and limit their ability to afford necessary services.