House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force Names Five Vice Chairs for 115th Congress

Reps. Roybal-Allard, Beatty, Lujan Grisham, Dingell, and Crist to join Co-Chairs Matsui & Schakowsky as part of Task Force Leadership

Washington, D.C. – Today, Seniors Task Force Co-Chairs, Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced the appointment of five Vice Chairs of the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force. The Vice Chairmanships will be held by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Charlie Crist (D-FL).

The Vice Chairs will join the Co-Chairs in a mission of improving and protecting the financial security, quality of life, and health and well-being of America’s seniors.

“We are pleased to announce five outstanding new Vice Chairs who are committed to bringing the energy and resolve we need to defend against Republican attacks on seniors’ financial security and quality of life,” said Co-Chairs Matsui and Schakowsky.“Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are lifelines for older Americans and their families. The Seniors Task Force stands ready to fight against attempts to take away these essential programs. Together, we will work to protect the ability of seniors to live with dignity in their communities.”

“Protecting the well-being of our seniors has been one of the guiding principles of my career” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “My father, the late Congressman Edward R. Roybal, co-founded and chaired the House Select Committee on Aging, and I was proud to follow in his footsteps by helping to found the Congressional Task Force on Seniors. It will be an honor to serve as a Seniors Task Force Vice Chair during this Congress, and to help lead the fight in Congress to preserve and strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. We must keep our promises to today’s seniors and to future generations, and ensure the benefits they have earned will be there for them in retirement.”

“House Democrats are determined to ensuring that our seniors are able to retire in dignity, obtain high-quality healthcare, afford necessary, life-saving prescriptions, and live independently. As a newly appointed vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus’ Seniors Task Force, I am eager to continue leading the fight on these pressing issues and the many other challenges facing our nation’s 46 million seniors” said Rep. Joyce Beatty.

“I am honored to serve as a Vice Chair on the Seniors Task Force” said Rep. Lujan Grisham. “As a caregiver to my mother, I understand the difficulties that families face as their loved ones age all too well. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Seniors Task Force to invest more in caregiving so that we can provide seniors and their families the support they need.”

“It is an honor to join Reps. Schakowsky and Matsui and my colleagues as a Vice Chair of the Seniors Task Force” said Rep. Dingell. “Ensuring our seniors can maintain a high quality of life for the longest time possible and live with dignity, security and independence should be among the top priorities of the Congress. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure these goals remain at the forefront of public discourse, and will fight every day to protect the promise of Medicare, Social Security and affordable quality health care our seniors deserve.”

“Fighting for our seniors – strengthening Social Security and Medicare – is one of my top priorities as a Congressman. I am honored by this opportunity to serve as a leader on the House Democrats’ Seniors Task Force, working to make sure our elders and loved ones are respected, well cared for, and the benefits they’ve earned are protected in the golden years of life,” said Rep. Charlie Crist.

Seniors Task Force Mission Statement
The mission of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors is to promote and raise the public’s awareness of policies in Congress that would impact the health and well-being of America’s seniors.

The Congressional Task Force on Seniors will accomplish this mission by focusing on four principles that are critically important to aging Americans:

1. Financial Security
2. Affordable, Reliable Health Care
3. Quality of Life as People Age
4. Access to long-term care services that allow seniors to age with dignity

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