Newspaper article Roll Call

The Most Bipartisan and Popular Bill Sits before Congress: It's Time to Pass It

Newspaper article Roll Call

The Most Bipartisan and Popular Bill Sits before Congress: It's Time to Pass It

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For the past eight years, I have been working to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (HR 647, S 133), legislation that will lead to a brighter future for millions of Americans living with disabilities. Commonly referred to as the ABLE Act, the bill opens this door by amending the tax code to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. And, in so doing, it provides them with the same type of financial planning tool available to other Americans.

Some would consider moving this bill across the legislative finish line in a lame-duck Congress impossible. I don't, and a closer look at the amount of support behind ABLE demonstrates firm commitment that this bill needs to be signed into law.

No other bill before the 113th Congress equals or surpasses ABLE's bipartisan and bicameral support - 74 senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; the bill's author, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.; and Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C. In the House, 380 of my colleagues, including House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas; and House Budget ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., support the bill and have signed it as co-sponsors.

Across the country, more than 100 local, state, national organizations and coalitions stand squarely behind ABLE. The National Down Syndrome Society, Autism Speaks, The Arc and many more groups have been at the forefront of advocacy efforts from the start. ABLE certainly wouldn't enjoy its current popularity without this cohesive support, and they deserve wide credit.

Easing the financial strain for individuals with disabilities and their families is at the heart of ABLE and is its centerpiece goal. Under current law, they cannot have more than $2,000 worth of assets before critical government support programs they need are cut off. …

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