A new bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX) seeks to bridge the gap between young people and older generations by bringing them together.
H.R. 4833 or the Multigenerational Engagement Act would update existing grant programs to allow multigenerational and civic organizations to connect seniors with the youth, and vice versa, according to an Oct. 29 press release from the congressman’s office. The grants would help build on the initiatives already in place by expanding mentorship programs, foster, and kinship care programs, co-located child daycare, and senior long-term care facilities.
The statement further points out that the grants will make federal resources available to state governments, Area Agencies on Aging and community organizations that facilitate engagement across a multitude of generations.
“Bringing our youth community together with our seniors is mutually beneficial to both parties,” said Wright in the press release. “This legislation will create avenues for seniors to volunteer with young people, fill mentorship roles, and stay engaged with our youth population,” said Wright. “Our nation benefits when our youth can learn from the elder members of our communities, but to accomplish this, we need to implement innovative programs that facilitate this relationship. This legislation is a win for everyone, and I am proud to have introduced this bill with my colleague Representative Golden.”
The Democratic sponsor of the bill is Congressman Jared Golden of Maine. It must be passed in the House and Senate before it reaches the president’s desk to be signed into law.
Wright, 66, announced over the summer he was seeking re-election despite being diagnosed with lung cancer.
“In the last two scans, my liver is clear, lymph nodes are clear. There’s nothing there,” explained the freshman congress to the Daily Light last month. “The primary tumor is smaller than a raisin, so it’s working… We’re going to do a scan the week before Thanksgiving and we’re expecting more good news because everything has been an improvement. It’s been phenomenal.”
“I started responding positively to the treatment immediately,” Wright added. “I wouldn’t wish the treatment on anybody. It will knock you to the curb, but we got through it and I maintain a very busy schedule.”
The 6th District representative is focused on defending his seat against Democrat challenger Stephen Daniel, a Waxahachie-based lawyer of the Clay Jenkins & Associates firm.
“I understand he is a law partner of the county judge of Dallas. There’s the first black mark against him,” the 66-year-old countered. “We live in a Democracy. Anybody is free to run for office. I can tell him we will be ready, and I have an excellent record for a freshman member of congress... Good luck running against that record.”
The District has not been represented by a Democrat since 1983.