Photo submitted – Congressman Anthony Brindisi announces his “Gray New Deal.”
Congressman Anthony Brindisi, flanked by older Americans and advocates, announced his bold, new agenda to specifically strengthen programs and initiatives that benefit older Americans. Brindisi rolled out his ‘Gray New Deal’ and highlighted his plan to build momentum to install a policy agenda that guarantees that older Americans can work and retire with dignity. Brindisi also announced that his plan comes on the heels of new and serious concerns related to critical programs older Americans depend on. Brindisi said the “Gray New Deal” agenda provides a policy path for Congress.
“This ‘Gray New Deal’ is black and white. There are people in Washington that want to gut programs older Americans here in New York need to pay the bills, buy the groceries or afford elder care,” said Brindisi. “With more than 130,000 older Americans in New York’s 22nd district, we are in dire need of legislation and a policy platform that works for this aging generation. The ‘Gray New Deal’ will serve as a new agenda in Congress and let Washington politicians know that they can’t balance the budget on the backs of older Americans. Strengthening and protecting Social Security and Medicare, bringing down health care costs, expanding caregiver benefits, and defending seniors from scams and fraud is something everyone should be able to get behind.”
Brindisi outlined his agenda including his plan to protect Social Security and Medicare. Residents of New York’s 22nd district receive more than $2.5 million in earned Social Security benefits every year. Additionally, more than 117,000 residents are enrolled in Medicare Part D.
“This plan does more than promise a fight to strengthen and protect Social Security and Medicare, it makes it a requirement” Brindisi added. “Older Americans have paid into these programs all their lives and I will fight to stop Washington politicians from trying to pull the financial rug out from under them.”
In addition to Medicare and Social Security, the ‘Gray New Deal’ includes legislation aimed to reduce health care costs, protect seniors from scams, improve access to caregivers, and prevent age discrimination.
Local advocates praised Brindisi’s ‘Gray New Deal’.
“Congressman Brindisi is a leading voice on issues important to older Americans,” said Whitestown Senior Center Director Bonnie Wnuk. We see him out in our community, visiting senior centers, holding town halls, and fighting to bring down health care costs. The ‘Gray New Deal’ is a bold policy agenda that will hopefully be a template for Congress on how to make sure older Americans can retire with dignity.”
“I want to thank Congressman Brindisi for leading the charge to create a Gray New Deal,” said Susan Streeter, Executive Director of Copper City Community Connection. “Oftentimes Washington politicians are looking to gut programs like Social Security to save a quick buck and Congressman Brindisi is standing in their way. He listens to older Americans and is in Congress fighting for us.”
Brindisi’s ‘Gray New Deal’ can be read in full below:The Gray New Deal_0