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Stabenow Introduces Senate Resolution to Recognize a “Seniors Bill of Rights”

On June 15, 2010, United States Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan introduced a Senate resolution urging Congress to adopt a “Seniors’ Bill of Rights.” The resolution mirrors a House resolution introduced earlier this year. It calls on Congress to ensure our seniors have access to financial security; quality affordable healthcare; protection from abuse, scams and exploitation; a strong economy; and safe livable communities. Over 10 million seniors rely on programs such as Medicare, Social Security, and TRICARE to support their livelihoods. During national economic downturns, seniors are more susceptible to greater financial losses than any other age group. Seniors are often victims of fraud, scams, exploitation, physical abuse, and other threats to their financial and health care security. This resolution acknowledges the work that the 111th Congress has done to pass legislation to help diminish these threats and strengthen federal programs that provide critical assistance for seniors.