La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Senator Tammy Baldwin came to La Crosse today July, 2 for a senior citizen meet and greet.
Baldwin listened to senior's suggestions and concerns regarding nutrition programs and funding cuts resulting from sequestration.
Sequestration would reduce funding for programs such as Meals on Wheels by 5%.
The Senate Democratic Budget that Senator Baldwin helped pass, replaces sequestration by targeting spending cuts and closing tax loopholes. She wants to ensure that the wealthiest American's pay their share and that seniors will be protected through federal programs.
Baldwin also works to reauthorize the Older Americans Act so seniors can live as independently as possible through the tough economic times.
She stated, "The number of seniors has increased as the baby boom generation begins to retire and if that weren't enough in these tough economic times in recent years, people have had to dip into their retirement savings for present day needs...and so all of those things mean that seniors are struggling more financially than they were just a year ago."
As a thank you, seniors from the La Crosse aging unit sent Baldwin 40 paper plates prior to the meeting, sharing their appreciation for the meals provided under the Older Americans Act. Baldwin submitted these paper-plate messages for the congressional record.
The Reauthorization of the act is still in process, and looks to provide federal funding, fulfill the delivery of critical social services, senior centers, caregiver support, and job training services for seniors across the country.
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