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AARP Announces 2010 Congressional Award Recipients

AARP Announces 2010 Congressional Award Recipients

WASHINGTON—Today, AARP announced the 2010 winners of the Association’s annual Congressional Awards.  The awards, launched in 2008, honor Members of Congress from across America who championed issues to improve the lives of Americans age 50-plus and their families.  Award recipients took action to help older Americans by protecting their access to doctors in Medicare, bringing down the cost of prescription drugs and helping make their communities more affordable, safe and accessible.

“The Congressional Awards program gives us an opportunity to honor the leadership of lawmakers whose work has improved the lives of our members and all older Americans,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand.  “We’re proud to recognize these Members of Congress who have led on issues that are critical to Americans 50-plus.”

For 2010, AARP is recognizing eight legislators who were instrumental in enacting and advancing issues that will benefit older Americans in three key areas:

For their leadership in lowering drug costs for seniors:

* Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)

* Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA)

For their leadership in protecting seniors’ access to their doctors:

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

* Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

* Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

* Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

For their leadership in ensuring communities have safe mobility and transportation options for older Americans:

* Representative Steve LaTourette (R-OH)

* Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA)

AARP members and all Americans can find more information about the AARP Congressional Awards and AARP’s advocacy efforts at

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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