GOP Lawmakers: Give Americans With Disabilities a Better Life

A trio of senior GOP lawmakers talked up legislation the House passed this week to help people with disabilities, saying the measure was just one way Republicans were working to improve the life of working people.

In the GOP’s weekly address, Reps. Ander Crenshaw (Fla.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) and Pete Sessions (Texas) said the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act would “empower millions,” as McMorris Rodgers put it.

The ABLE Act, first introduced by Crenshaw eight years ago, allows people with disabilities to set up tax-free savings accounts. The legislation is intensely personal for both McMorris Rodgers and Sessions, who both have sons with Down syndrome.

“I can’t thank all of the people enough, all the families out there who have helped us get the ABLE Act to this point,” said Sessions, the House Rules chairman, whose son Alex turns 21 next month.

“It’s one of those ideas really where you ask yourself: ‘Why aren’t we doing this already?’”