Crenshaw, Casey Stage Capitol Hill Rally for ABLE

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2013) – Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), fellow Members of Congress and disability advocates, including Autism Speaks, joined at a Capitol Hill rally today to urge fast action in Congress on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) which would create tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.

The bipartisan legislation, which has been signed on to by 80 House co-sponsors and a quarter of the Senate, would create an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts patterned after college savings accounts.

Crenshaw, the House sponsor, and Casey, the  Senate sponsor, bill co-sponsors and advocates spoke at a Capitol Hill press conference. With the Capitol Dome behind them, members of the group highlighted the road ahead for the bill and described an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through the legislation.

“We stand together - members of the House, Senate, and advocacy groups - with hands joined in a push to provide economic peace of mind and fairness to individuals with disabilities," said Crenshaw. "ABLE would not be where it is today, enjoying record bicameral and bipartisan support, without the tireless dedication of disability advocates and those who stand firm in our central message of equality. Individuals with disabilities deserve access to IRS-sanctioned tools to lay the groundwork for a brighter future. That’s an accomplishment we all can be proud of and one we will reach together.”

Casey,said, "Parents of children with disabilities face daily struggles that we can’t even begin to imagine. This legislation will help make it easier for those families to save for their children’s care and for their future. The ABLE Act will provide families with the financial peace of mind they need, and Congress should pass it immediately.”

Stuart Spielman, senior policy advisor and counsel for Autism Speaks, said, “As the autism community in America grows exponentially, so does our need for ABLE. Countless thousands of children diagnosed with autism will be aging into adulthood in the years ahead and will require the financial support and security ABLE savings accounts can provide.”

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