There is Hope and Dignity in Work

In America, we pride ourselves on being a land of opportunity where no one is defined by the conditions of their birth. We understand that a job is so much more than just a paycheck – it’s what gives us dignity, purpose, and the opportunity for a better life.

Unfortunately, too many workers with disabilities are struggling to find equal opportunities to achieve their version of the American dream. Some are even being paid less than their coworkers just because of their disability. This is wrong and counterproductive.

We should be doing everything we can to bring people with disabilities off the sidelines and into the workforce – not discouraging them. It’s in this spirit that I reintroduced the bipartisan Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act today. This legislation will level the playing field by ending the outdated practice of paying individuals with disabilities a subminimum wage and help them live more independent lives. 

I truly believe disability employment is the next policy frontier to empower people with disabilities to reach their full potential. I’m confident this bill will do just that and go a long way towards helping more people – who are ready, willing, and able to work – find employment.

CLICK HERE to read more about the bill.

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