Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Action Alert


The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2009 (S 493/HR 1205) has been introduced in both the Senate and House. The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to save for their child's future just like every other American family, and help people with disabilities live full, productive lives in their communities.

The ABLE Act will allow individuals with disabilities to create a disability savings accounts or 'ABLE Accounts' that would accrue interest tax-free. The account could fund a variety of essential expenses for the individual, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The legislation prohibits amounts held by, or paid or distributed from any ABLE accounts from being treated as income or assets when determining eligibility for benefits provide by any Federal benefits program.

Asset development is one step toward improving economic self-sufficiency, and the legislation's focus on encouraging asset development will greatly incentivize people with disabilities to live more productive lives through earning and saving resources for their future.

Action Required:
If your Representative and/or Senators are not already a cosponsor of S. 493/H.R. 1205, please call them to cosponsor this important legislation (a list of Members who have already signed on to the bill is included below).
Talking Points to Call Your Senators and Representative:
  • I am calling to ask my [Senator/Representative] to cosponsor the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2009 (S 493/HR 1205) led by Senators Casey (D-PA), Hatch (R-UT), Dodd (D-CT), Kennedy (D-MA), Brownback (R-KS), and Burr (R-NC) and Representatives Crenshaw (R-FL), Meek (D-FL), Kennedy (D-RI), and McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).
  • The legislation encourages persons with disabilities to save in order to live an independent and meaningful life while reducing their dependency on public benefits.
  • This legislation allows for the establishment of tax-exempt financial security accounts for individuals with disabilities to pay certain expenses, including: medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation.
If your boss is interested in signing on as a cosponsor, please contact:
Bryn McDonough (202-224-6324) in Senator Robert Casey's office
Dustin Krasny (202-225-2501) in Representative Ander Crenshaw's office
House ABLE Act of 2009 (HR1205) Cosponsors
Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4]
Rep Akin, W. Todd[MO-2]
Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1]
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6]
Rep Bean, Melissa L. [IL-8]
Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1]
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7]
Rep Blunt, Roy [MO-7]
Rep Boozman, John [AR-3]
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU]
Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8]
Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-3]
Rep Brown-Waite, Ginny [FL-5]
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5]
Rep Campbell, John [CA-48]
Rep Cantor, Eric [VA-7]
Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7]
Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9]
Rep Davis, Geoff [KY-4]
Rep Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [FL-21]
Rep Dreier, David [CA-26]
Rep Ehlers, Vernon J. [MI-3]
Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51]
Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4]
Rep Gordon, Bart [TN-6]
Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6]
Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17]
Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3]
Rep Heller, Dean [NV-2]
Rep Holden, Tim [PA-17]
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12]
Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1]
Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3]
Rep Kirk, Mark Steven [IL-10]
Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14]
Rep Marshall, Jim [GA-8]
Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [WA-5]
Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17]
Rep Mica, John L. [FL-7]
Rep Moore, Dennis [KS-3]
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8]
Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19]
Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC]
Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-21]
Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22]
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14]
Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3]
Rep Pence, Mike [IN-6]
Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19]
Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1]
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16]
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18]
Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6]
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9]
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17]
Rep Schmidt, Jean [OH-2]
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32]
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4]
Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. [CA-10]
Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1]
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10]
Rep Young, C.W. Bill [FL-10]
Senate ABLE Act of 2009 (S493) Cosponsors
Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA]
Sen Brownback, Sam [KS]
Sen Burr, Richard [NC]
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [CT]
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT]
Sen Kennedy, Edward M. [MA]
Sen Specter, Arlen [PA]
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [MS]

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