04 Dec

For Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Aiding Children With Disabilities Is Personal

For Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Aiding Children With Disabilities Is Personal

NPR

“The Achieving A Better Life Experience — ABLE — Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. ‘For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications,’ she said on the House floor.”

The Achieving A Better Life Experience — ABLE — Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. “For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications,” she said on the House floor.

While Thursday’s House vote on immigration reminds us that Congress remains divided, the ABLE Act enjoyed bipartisan support.

The bill, which passed in the House 404-17, allows for special savings accounts for people with disabilities as a way to deal with those future complications. The little boy McMorris Rodgers spoke about is her son Cole.

McMorris Rodgers was one of the lead sponsors of the ABLE Act and is also House Republican Conference Chairwoman. She spoke with NPR’s Audie Cornish about the bill, her call for hearings on local law enforcement, and the GOP’s priorities in the next Congress.

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