Significant increases in aging programs have been approved by the House and Senate in the Supplemental Appropriations for 1979 (PL 96-38) and the 1980 Appropriations legislation (HR 4389).
These measures increase funding levels of programs for the elderly as urged by Reps. Pepper, Biaggi, and Members of the Aging Committee. They include a $50 million increase in social services, and an increase of $46 million for community service employment. Firsttime money of $6 million was provided to tribal organizations for the development of a social services program for elderly Americans Indians, and $3 million was appropriated to meet the cost of planning and conducting the 1981 White House Conference on Aging.
In addition, funding for the National Institute on Aging was increased by $ 1 3 million for research into the aging process and diseases encountered in old age, and $39 million was added to the National Cancer Institute's budget to promote the development of several promising anticancer drugs.