Jan 05, 2015 / Disabilities

ABLE Act Becomes Law of the Land; Empowers Millions with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) issued the following statement today after President Obama signed the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 into law.

“Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for millions of Americans with disabilities – one of opportunity, independence and empowerment.  Together, we have spoken to give those with disabilities – like my 7-year-old son, Cole – a better life.  A life in which those with special needs are not limited by the challenges they face, but empowered because of them.  As the mom of a son with Down syndrome, my heart is full – because I know firsthand how federal policies can limit the opportunities for those with disabilities.  The ABLE Act will change that.

“This bipartisan law will empower individuals in Eastern Washington and all across America – through tax-free savings accounts – to save for college, retirement, and other future expenses.  As part of America’s New Congress, we are here to advance real solutions.  Solutions that make people’s lives better.  Solutions that empower all Americans – no matter where they come from or how much money they make or what challenges they face.  I applaud the late Steve Beck and the disability groups that have advocated, for so many years, to secure passage of legislation that is as commonsense as it is compassionate.  It will empower millions – like my son, Cole – with the opportunity to have a better life.  And that is why we are here.”

To watch Chair McMorris Rodgers’s remarks on the House floor, click here.