Advocacy Toolkit: Federal Budget
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Advocacy Toolkit: Federal Budget


Congress is debating ways to cut the federal deficit. Help us make sure that deficit reduction does not come at the expense of programs that serve vulnerable older adults.

Ways to Act

1.Take Action NOW

  • Urge Congress to Support the Older Americans Act
    The Older Americans Act (OAA) is overdue for reauthorization and funding hasn't kept pace with costs or demand. Ask your lawmakers to support seniors' health, economic security, and independence by supporting the OAA today.

2. Share a Story

Federal Budget Battle: How Are Cuts Affecting Seniors in Your Community?
Tell us what the sequester’s cuts mean to you, and we'll share your stories with policymakers.

Increasing Medicare Out-of Pocket Costs: How Would It Affect Vulnerable Seniors?
Proposals in Congress would increase out-of-pocket costs for people with Medicare. Share how this would affect vulnerable seniors in your community.

3. Meet with Your Lawmakers

Both Senators and Representatives are expected to be home during these upcoming scheduled recesses: June 27-July 7 and Aug. 1-Sept. 7. Bring your story directly to your lawmakers by setting up a meeting, hosting a site visit, or attending a town hall event.

4 Steps to Connect with Your Lawmakers

  1. Find your legislators' contact information using our online look-up service. Be sure to click on "expand" next to each individual's listing to get phone numbers for local office(s).
  2. Prepare for an in-person meeting or host a site visit with your legislator.
  3. Attend a town hall meeting if there's one in your area.
  4. Tell us how it went. Your response will help us track our advocacy efforts.

Talking Points

  1. Let’s not balance the budget on the backs of America’s vulnerable and disadvantaged seniors. 
  2. Looming sequester cuts to programs like those of the Older Americans Act will eliminate jobs, housing, meals, and home and community-based services for seniors in need.
  3. Deficit reduction should be done in a balanced way with broad, shared sacrifices—including revenues—that recognizes the significant cuts that already have been made and does not impose additional reductions that target vulnerable seniors and others who are already struggling to make ends meet.

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