February 19, 2009

Senator Gillibrand to Continue Work Helping Seniors, Will Serve on Special Committee on Aging

Will Continue Efforts to Make Medicine More Affordable, Crack Down on Elder Abuse

Washington, D.C. - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that she will continue her focus on helping seniors across New York State by serving on the Senate Special Committee on Aging. The Committee focuses on issues important to New York seniors, including Medicare, Social Security, and other issues important to seniors.

"New York has over 2 million seniors and I am proud that I will have the opportunity to tackle the issues that are most important to them," said Senator Gillibrand. "From the cost of prescription drugs to fighting nursing home abuse, I will be able to continue my work helping New York seniors."

During her time in Congress, Senator Gillibrand has focused on issues affecting seniors, including:

  • Strongly opposing President Bush's efforts to privatize Social Security;
  • Supporting efforts to negotiate with drug companies to make medicine more affordable and save taxpayers money;
  • Leading an effort to provide $300 rebates or tax cuts to more than 20 million seniors across the country;
  • Cosponsored the Elder Justice Act, which would provide resources to states to combat elder abuse; and
  • Worked with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney to include protections for seniors in the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights Act which was passed in the House last year.

Following her appointment to the U.S. Senate last month, AARP praised Senator Gillibrand for her work on "health and financial security issues important to [AARP] members including outreach on economic stimulus, consumer protections in the credit card industry and health care affordability."

In recent years, the Special Committee on Aging has taken a leading role on issues including the cost of prescription drugs, age discrimination, and protecting residents of nursing homes from abuse. In addition, the Committee has worked on providing affordable housing to seniors, improving Medicare, and preserving Social Security.