Rep. Brindisis visits CSG Hemp in the Southern Tier region of New York in May, 2019.
Rep. Brindisis visits CSG Hemp in the Southern Tier region of New York in May, 2019.

Rep. Anthony Brindisis wants to see government leaders step up and protect older Americans. 

In June, Brindisi joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House to create a resolution that outlines legislative priorities for older Americans. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected older individuals in the U.S., and older individuals rely on Medicare and Social Security programs to get by. 

According to Brindisi’s office, the number of Americans over the age of 65 has also grown substantially over the last hundred years. Since1900, the percentage of people over 65 more than tripled, and the population is expected to keep growing as people live longer, healthier lives. By 2085, the 65 and older age group is projected to make up more than 20% of the U.S population.  

To protect the federal programs that seniors rely on most–Medicare and Social Security–Brindisi helped to introduce the “Senior Security Promise,” which pledges to stop any funding cuts to programs that help seniors. 

“The Senior Security Promise will reaffirm Congress’s commitment to our older Americans,” Brindisi said in a statement. “Social Security and Medicare should not be on the chopping block and this will send a clear message to Washington that we need to keep our promises to our older Americans.”

In New York’s 22nd District, more than 117,000 residents are enrolled in Medicare Part D, according to Brindisi’s office. 

The resolution also says lawmakers will work to end telephone scams, saying they are “more than an annoyance” and present serious financial risks for older people and their families.

Brindisi has been working to address issues that matter to seniors in recent months as well. Earlier this year he launched his Gray New Deal agenda, which would strengthen programs protecting seniors from scams, age discrimination and bolster Medicare and Social Security. 

“Older Americans are a valued part of American life not only for their contributions, but also their wisdom and experience,” the lawmakers wrote in the resolution