Washington, D.C. – One year ago today, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act became the law of the land. It reforms the tax code to allow parents of children with disabilities to save for their children’s future without jeopardizing their access to benefits, helping many escape from poverty.
In honor of the anniversary, House Republican Conference Chair and Co-Chair of the Disabilities Caucus Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement:
“A little more than a year ago, my son Cole joined me on the House floor as we passed this legislation. Cole, who was born with Down syndrome, is a daily reminder to me that every human life has potential and something unique to offer the world.
“All too often, society expects that children with disabilities are going to live in poverty and on government assistance programs their entire lives. The ABLE Act is a statement that we as parents, a community, and a Congress refuse to believe that. This legislation marked the beginning of a new chapter for millions of Americans with disabilities – one of opportunity and independence.
“I am eternally grateful for everyone who helped this initiative cross the finish line, and continues to help implement it on the state level – 34 states to date. The ABLE Act has transformed our expectations for the disabilities community to match the goals they set for themselves. We still have work to do, but together I know we can make it happen.”