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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia MORE> (I-Vt.) is leading a push for Congress to approve a 12 percent funding increase for programs that benefit seniors.

Sanders, who’s mulling a 2016 White House bid, says the funding is needed to expand seniors' access to family caregiver programs, meals and transportation.

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“The demand for these programs is great and in many areas of the country vulnerable seniors are on waiting lists for services that they desperately need,” Sanders, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, wrote in a letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The letter was signed by 32 members of the Senate Democratic Conference.

ADVERTISEMENTIn the letter, sent to Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Election security bill picks up new support in Senate Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war MORE> (R-Mo) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Top Dems urge Trump officials to reverse suspension of ObamaCare payments Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families MORE> (D-Wash.), Sanders said, at a minimum, Congress should increase the funding for the programs by $225 million over 2015 spending levels.

“A 12 percent increase, though insufficient to address the significant growth in the senior population, would be an important step toward meeting existing demand,” Sanders wrote.

Appropriators are expected to begin work next month on spending bills for fiscal 2016, which begins Oct. 1. Republicans must first adopt a joint conference agreement on their competing budget blueprints in both chambers.

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Unions are our future. 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Source : http://thehill.com/policy/finance/238442-sanders-calls-for-increased-funding-for-senior-programs

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