Legislative Sessionby Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Posted on 2014-12-16
CASEY. Mr. President, I am honored to be able to rise tonight. I
will have a longer statement later to talk about the ABLE Act that
Senator Burr and I worked on coming through the Finance Committee and
talking with Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Hatch. I want to thank
two leaders--Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell--for
not having just a bipartisan effort in the Senate but really a
bicameral support for this legislation--over 400 Members of Congress
supporting the ABLE Act, simple. For years we have created incentives
in the Tax Code to save for higher education, the cost of college, to
save for retirement. Now at long last for Americans who have a
disability, those families will be able to save for a disability,
whether it is to pay for health care or education, the basic expenses
that these individuals with disabilities have wanted to save for, for
I am honored to be part of it. I will have a longer statement later. This is a great testament to bipartisanship, coming together on such an important issue. We believe--this is what undergirds the ABLE Act-- people with a disability have the ability to live a full life if we give them the tools. One of those tools is an incentive in the Tax Code to save for the future for an individual with a disability.
I yield the floor.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Who yields time? The Senator from Utah.