House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led this morning’s House Republican Leadership press conference to discuss House Republicans’ continued focus on the American people’s priorities, including national security and a strong economy through increased opportunities for all. The Chair touched on tomorrow’s World Down Syndrome Day, the portions of the new tax code that help individuals with disabilities, and the importance of focusing on everyone’s abilities. As she recently shared on Fox & Friends, “We live in an amazing time in history where we are not bound by the conditions of our birth.”
Chair McMorris Rodgers also invited Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Don Bacon (R-NE) to highlight the work we’re doing to close the military readiness gap that jeopardizes lives.
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The Chair’s Remarks:
“Wednesday is World Down Syndrome Day. It’s our opportunity to celebrate those with Down syndrome, and the positive and amazing impact they are having on people in our communities.
“People like Sam Anderson, who has a blog called “People with Down Syndrome.” He interviews people like:
“Jamie Brooks. She’s an actress, living her dream on stage;
“Richard Hansen who works at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, and his hope is to become manager one day;
“And my friend, Kayla McKeon. She’s got a new job — she’s walking the halls of Congress now as the Manager of Grassroots Advocacy [at NDSS].
“Because of my ABLE to Work provisions that were included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, people with disabilities will be able to chase their dreams — people like Sam, Jamie, Richard, and Kayla. They can save more of what they earn and find a job that gives them the opportunity live independent, with dignity and with purpose.
“This week, the House is also taking the final steps on our promise to rebuild our military and give our troops a much-needed pay increase.
“We owe it to our service members to make sure they have the tools and resources they need to safely train, restore readiness, and keep all of us safe….It’s important to remember that just last year, more of our service members were killed in training accidents than actually in combat.
“The readiness gap is jeopardizing lives and threatening our national security. It’s so important that we come together, both parties, to strengthen our military and set us on a path for a safer, stronger America.”