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Calendar No. 554
104th Congress Report
2d Session 104-345
RECOGNIZING AND ENCOURAGING THE CONVENING OF A NATIONAL SILVER HAIRED
July 31, 1996.--Ordered to be printed
Mrs. Kassebaum, from the Committee on Labor and Human Resources,
submitted the following
R E P O R T
[To accompany S. Con. Res. 52]
The Committee on Labor and Human Resources, to which was
referred the concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 52) to
recognize and encourage the convening of a National Silver
Haired Congress, having considered the same, reports favorably
thereon without amendment and recommends that the concurrent
resolution do pass.
The resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 52, recognizes
and encourages the convening of a National Silver Haired
Congress in the District of Columbia. A National Silver Haired
Congress would be modeled after the U.S. Congress. It would
take up legislation on issues affecting seniors, such as
consumer protection, crime prevention, health care, housing,
and long-term care. The bills it passes would be presented to
The National Silver Haired Congress organization is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational institution. The yearly
event will have no cost to the Federal Government. The event
would not be held in the Capitol or in Senate or House office
purpose and summary
Many States have encouraged and facilitated the convening
of senior citizen legislative and advocacy bodies. These bodies
have provided older Americans with the opportunity to express
their concerns by making recommendations to State governments.
A National Silver Haired Congress, with representatives
from each State, would provide a national forum for issues
concerning seniors. The nonpartisan body would propose
grassroots solutions to the concerns of seniors. Since the
population of older Americans is growing faster than any other
age group, it is more important than ever to encourage their
input in the political process.
history of legislation
This resolution passed the Senate and the House of
Representatives in 1994. However, since each resolution was not
voted on by the other Chamber, neither was technically adopted.
With the intent of getting the resolution formally adopted,
Senator Mikulski, along with 42 other cosponsors, reintroduced
the bill on April 17, 1996. It was marked up by the Senate
Committee on Labor and Human Resources on July 17, 1996, by a
The organizers of the National Silver Haired Congress have
decided to go ahead and hold the first annual Congress in
February of 1997. The organizers believe they have the
endorsement of Congress, even though the resolution wasn't
tabulation of votes cast in committee
The resolution was passed by voice vote.
There is no cost.
regulatory impact statement
The committee has determined that there will be minimal
increases in the regulatory burden imposed by this bill.