08.09.16

Senator Burr Receives AARP Champion for the 50 Plus Award

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), received the Champion for the 50 Plus Legislative Award from the North Carolina chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

“It’s an honor to receive this award from the AARP,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Seniors have worked hard their entire lives, and they deserve to live their golden years in dignity and independence. I’m proud to fight for the services and resources that make this possible.  And I will continue to work in a bipartisan way to strengthen and protect Social Security and Medicare so that seniors can have peace of mind that their retirement is safe and secure.”

“The work Senator Burr has done to help restore crucial services to seniors in North Carolina’s communities was crucial to maintaining the multigenerational fabric that makes our state a great place to live,” said AARP North Carolina President Bob Palombo. “His nonpartisan leadership in a partisan environment has been crucial to older Americans.”

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Senator Burr speaks at AARP awards ceremony.

Burr’s remarks were streamed live on his facebook page.

The AARP selected Senator Burr for this award because of his bipartisan work on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The Older Americans Act is the landmark federal law aimed at ensuring that senior citizens, particularly the most vulnerable, can live their lives in dignity. It provides critical services to Americans age 60 and older, including Meals on Wheels, family caregiver support, community service employment, and services to prevent abuse and neglect. Senator Burr led the effort in Congress to renew the Older Americans Act, and to make sure that North Carolina is getting its fair share of funding for the critical programs it provides.