I wish to acknowledge and thank the administration's commitment to the Senior Assistance Program and the speed with which it has funded all the 11,000-plus applications received. The actual needs proved far greater than anyone could have imagined and the numbers far greater than any would have dared to project. The speed of the response is reassuring, for in this generous act, the administration has shown it, too, agrees that no one in need should ever be left behind. It's a beginning that is welcomed.
In acknowledging the needs of today, you have restored the hope of tomorrow.