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Sen. Gillibrand calls for over a billion in spending on older Americans

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says that the next COVID-19 relief bill needs to include more than a billion in funding for various services related to aiding seniors.

That money would be put toward programs within the Older Americans Act, according to Spectrum News. Around $750 million would be used for nutritional services and $480 million would help with vaccinating seniors.

“As Congress considers additional relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge you to prioritize nutrition programs and vaccine support for homebound and socially isolated older adults,” Gillibrand and other lawmakers supporting the spend said in a statement.

It’s unclear at this point if that will be included in the final stimulus bill, as Democrats and Republicans attempt to move forward from former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.