House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has launched a new working group — the Bipartisan House Working Group on Employing People with Disabilities.
Says Chair McMorris Rodgers: “Many people with disabilities have dreams of working and living successful, independent lives, but too often our laws and regulations create barriers to entry. Our bipartisan working group examines how we can change our system of laws and regulations so that people with disabilities, like my son, Cole, have the same opportunities as everyone else to work and have a better life.”
Current members include Chair McMorris Rodgers’s Democratic counterpart, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Committee on House Administration Chair Gregg Harper (R-MS), Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA).
Disability Scoop: Congressional Group Prioritizing Disability Employment
A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is coming together in an effort to promote policies aimed at increasing employment among people with developmental disabilities.
Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives said this week that they are launching the Bipartisan House Working Group on Employing People with Disabilities.
The group will work to identify policies and regulations that could be established or changed to make it easier for people in this population to enter the workforce.
Daily Caller: Republican Chair To Announce Working Group Aimed At Providing Jobs For People With Disabilities
House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers is slated to announce the creation of a bipartisan working group aimed at helping provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities Wednesday.
McMorris Rodgers of Washington — who has repeatedly worked across the aisle to advocate for disability rights, having raised a son with Down syndrome — argues current policies make it difficult for those with special needs to work and save money.
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“This is a way for us to help those that we think could do some really great work given the opportunity,’’ said Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., chairman of the House Administration Committee. “You want to make sure that the law is an encourager, not a discourager of special needs employment.’’
Harper and other lawmakers launched a new Congressional Working Group on Employment and Empowerment for the Intellectual Disability Community on Tuesday at the start of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Earlier this year, Chair McMorris Rodgers led a group of members on a tour of Capital Candy Jar, a company that employs people with disabilities. Following the tour, the Chair hosted a roundtable with members, disability advocates, and policy specialists to discuss the barriers that people with disabilities face when entering the workforce. The full recap of the tour can be found here, and coverage of the tour by The Washington Post can be found here.