Issues - Sign On Letters

OWL recognizes that there is strength in numbers. We are proud to work closely with other national organizations to promote shared policy interests. Here are a few examples of our latest sign-on letters.

January 16, 2014
Letters regarding funding for Medicare low-income beneficiaries outreach and enrollment activities in the SGR bill
OWL joined the Alliance for Retired Americans and others in urging members of the House Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce committees to make permanent funding for community-based organizations for outreach and enrollment activities for low-income Medicare beneficiaries, consistent with the bipartisan Senate Finance Committee SGR bill.

December 23, 2013
Senior Nutrition Program for Fiscal Year 2014
OWL joined Meals on Wheels, Vietnam Veterans of America, and 26 other organizations in urging the House and and Senate Appropriations Committees to restore the funding lost for Older American Act (OAA)nutrition programs as a result of sequestration.
Click here to read the letter.

November, 2013
Letter to protect and strengthen SNAP, SNAP-Ed CSFP, and TEFAP in the final farm bill conference report
OWL joined The National Council on Aging and others in calling upon the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other essential nutrition programs which were threatened by proposed funding cuts in the farm bill.
Click here to read the letter.
November, 2013
Supporter, National Memory Screening Day (NMSD)
OWL was proud to be a promoter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s 11th annual National Memory Screening Day and to bring attention to the early detection of memory problems.

November 4, 2013
Partner, The Campaign to End Unwanted Medical Treatment
OWL recognizes the importance of honoring the healthcare choices of people at every stage of an illness. We joined others in calling for improvement in the quality of discussions between patients, healthcare providers, and families when it comes to end-of-life decisions.
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October 17, 2013
Pathways Back to Work Act (S 1383)
OWN joined the National Women’s Law Center, the Ms. Foundation of America, and 21 other organizations in expressing support for the Pathways Back to Work Act, which would provide low-income adults, many of whom are women, to gain the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.
Click here to read the letter.

September 20, 2013
Letter urging the Committee on Energy & Commerce to convene a hearing this fall on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
OWL joined others in the Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) Coalition in calling upon members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to convene a hearing on Alzheimer’s disease pursuant to the goals of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (Public Law 111-375), which produced the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
Click here to read the letter.

September 17, 2013
Comment letter on the Fair Housing Act
Recognizing that, “where a person lives has a big impact on the trajectory of his or her life”, OWL joined The National Housing Alliance and other national civil rights and other organizations in submitting comments on HUD’s proposed regulations to implement the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provisions of the Fair Housing Act.
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August 27, 2013
In support of the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force’s Draft Recommendations to Provide Low Dose CT Screening for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer in Certain High Risk Populations
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August 15, 2013
100 Women Leaders advocating the nomination of Janet Yellen as Chair of the Federal Reserve

June 10, 2013
OWL joined in a letter in support of the Positive Aging Act which takes an important step toward improving access to quality mental and behavioral health care for older adults by integrating mental health services in primary care and community settings where older adults reside and receive services.

October 11, 2011
Strengthen Social Security Campaign
Letter to the Supercommittee

The Strengthen Social Security Campaign, of which OWL is a member of the Steering Committee, is a diverse coalition of over 320 national and state organizations representing over 50 million Americans. This letter urged Senators Patty Murray and Jeb Hensarling not to consider any cuts to Social Security, as they decide what to include in a deficit-reduction package. This would include changes to the way cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) would be calculated, which would result in benefit cuts to Social Security, SSI, Veterans and other federal programs.

Click here for the letter.

August 29, 2011
Senator Bernie Sanders
“Keeping our Social Security Promises Act”
Click here for our letter of support.

August 3, 2011
Rachel’s Network
A collective group of advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and women leaders dedicated to promoting women’s leadership, urged Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, Leader Pelosi and Leader McConnell to appoint no fewer than six women to the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional committee charged with reviewing the United States’ budget and recommending a path forward, which is currently in formation.

August, 2011
Women’s Social Security Petition
OWL promoted the National Council of Women’s Organization’s (NCWO) campaign calling on Congress to Respect women, Protect Social Security Medicare and Medicaid, and Reject any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.