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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur and Adams Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Protect Elderly Women

June 2, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03) and Congresswoman Alma Adams (D, NC-12) introduced an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill that would increase funding for the Elderly Abuse Grant Program, authorized under the Violence Against Women Act. The amendment passed this evening.

"Elderly women facing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, or neglect need all the protections and support we can offer," MacArthur said. "But the Elderly Abuse Grant Program that provides these vital services wasn't getting the funding it needed in today's bill, despite a call from the National Network to End Domestic Violence for increased levels."

“Working together, Congresswoman Adams and I were able to make a change that would increase funding for this vital program to $5.25 million, which is $1 million more than was in the President's budget. This would help protect elderly women from these heartbreaking and avoidable circumstances. Our amendment guarantees that we'll continue to support our growing number of seniors, and I was glad to work with Congresswoman Adams on getting it passed."  

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