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Sen. Bob Casey: “Now that this bill has 60 cosponsors, I’m urging the Senate to take action on it in the new year"
December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 19, 2013) – Today, support continued to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), bringing the total number of co-sponsors in the Senate to 60 members.  Introduced in the 113th Congress in February, this bill would provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts. 

November 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (November 20, 2013) -- With Congress in a state of perpetual gridlock, one piece of legislation has quietly attracted majority support from both parties, in both houses of Congress and across all geographic regions. The bill is the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act and it would directly benefit the autism community.

April 26, 2013

BATON ROUGE (April 26, 2013) -- The Louisiana Legislature has adopted a concurrent resolution calling on Congress to pass the Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  to help individuals with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum, to save for their future needs. Sponsored by Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), the bipartisan measure has now attracted 140 sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 30 in the Senate.

March 14, 2013

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.

February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February, 13, 2013) -- Bipartisan legislation that would enable families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities was reintroduced in both houses of Congress today. The new accounts would not jeopardize eligibility for Medicaid, Social Security, private insurance and other benefits.

November 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2012) – The nation's leading disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, joined today with Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) at a Capitol Hill event to urge the lame duck Congress to approve the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act which would create tax-free savings accounts for the disabled.

June 11, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC -- CNN aired a feature on Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rogers (R-WA), an original co-sponsor of ABLE, and the mother of a son, Cole, with Down syndrome.

Discussing her support for ABLE, McMorris-Rogers said, "We have hopes and dreams for Cole, and we want him to be all that he can be, and we want to give him the strong foundation so that he can pursue a job and hopefully independent life."