Federal senior services programs are in for another very difficult year. In the 2015 budget he released yesterday, President Obama proposed freezing or even cutting spending for many key programs. And Obama’s blueprint may be the highwater mark for many initiatives, which are likely to see even deeper cuts as the budget works its way through Congress. Key House Republicans have already signaled that several programs are on their chopping block.
Obama proposed to reduce overall funding for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the federal office that oversees most–though not all–senior services programs. He’d trim the agency’s budget to $2.062 billion, about $35 million below last year’s spending level. The National Council on Aging has a nice table here describing the budget numbers.