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Jul 23 2014

Crenshaw's ABLE Act Continues to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Senate Finance Subcommittee Hearing Illustrates How Bill Can Help Disabled and Families Save for the Future

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, author of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act - H.R. 647 and S. 313), thanked the witnesses who testified at Wednesday’s Senate ABLE Act subcommittee hearing and pointed to the proceedings as an example of the landmark legislation continuing to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Crenshaw, Chairman of House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

“The ABLE Act levels the playing field for individuals with disabilities to live their lives to their highest potential. More than three quarters of the entire U.S. Congress are supportive of this long-overdue legislation, and today’s (7/23) Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing opens the door for additional strong support.

“Thanks go to the witnesses who shared their personal stories and further educated the public about how ABLE can help ease their financial burdens. These are the people who live with disabilities, have a family member with a disability, and advocate and work in the disability community. They have first-hand knowledge of the benefits of being able to use the same IRS-sanctioned tools that other Americans enjoy in planning for their future. The ABLE Act will make that goal a reality, and I’m confident that we will get there soon.”

Testifying at Wednesday’s hearing, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, were: Sara Wolff, Self Advocate and Board Member, National Down Syndrome Society; U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA); Robert D’Amello, Volunteer Advocate, Autism Speaks; Chase Alston Phillips, Financial Advisor.

BACKGROUND: The ABLE Act would create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities to use for qualified expenses such as education, housing, medical, and transportation. The legislation has earned the support of more than half of the United States Congress (367 House co-sponsors and 74 Senate co-sponsors) and more than 100 local, state, and national disability advocacy organizations.

The legislation, first introduced in 2006, would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling that the Obama Administration cannot change a law just because he doesn’t like it. Crenshaw issued the following statement:

“While the President repeatedly reaches around Congress and the Constitution, my duty is to protect and defend it. That’s why I agree with this Federal Appeals Court decision and applaud it as a helpful step toward stopping his egregious executive branch over-reach.

“The ruling effectively says ‘no’ to the Administration’s circumvention of states and Congress to establish ObamaCare subsidies when states specifically choose not to.

“ObamaCare has been a legal and economic fiasco from the start, and I stand 100 percent against it as well as the President’s style of governing. It’s why I voted against the flawed law at the beginning and have voted more than 50 times since to defund, dismantle, and repeal it.

“It’s also why I support legislation authorizing the House Speaker to sue the President and continue to vote for legislation that stems the tide of executive branch over-reach. The ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, written by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and the Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, written by Rep. Ron DeSantis, are two measures that do just that.

“The ENFORCE the Law Act requires the President to report directly to Congress when making a policy decision not to enforce a law; no more picking and choosing what parts of a law you want to carry out. And, the Faithful Executive of the Law Act tackles this problem head on by formally disapproving the President’s failure to fulfill his duty to execute the law.”

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Recent Speeches and Statements

Congressman Ander Crenshaw commended the heroism of the late WWII Veteran Clyde L. Hillhouse in a floor speech and urged colleagues to pass legislation naming the White Springs, Florida Post Office in his honor.
Congressman Crenshaw addresses his House colleagues on on November 7, 2009 with concerns over how health care reform will impact the nation's military.

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