Crenshaw urges U.S. Senate to OK ABLE Act

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida) is optimistic that the Senate will pass legislation this week aimed at giving disabled people access to the same financial planning tools as other Americans.

The bill, known as the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act, was already passed by the House last week and would enable those with disabilities to create tax-free savings accounts for expenses such as transportation, housing and education. ABLE will enhance the benefits already provided through sources such as private insurance, Medicaid and the beneficiary’s employment.

“Thanks to ABLE, Americans who struggle to meet the daily challenges of living with disabilities are now on their way to a brighter future,” Crenshaw said to Ripon Advance. “Just as other Americans do, they will be able to access IRS-sanctioned tools to plan for their future and reach for every possible dream. I am hopeful for the bill’s passage in the Senate this week so Congress can send the ABLE Act on to the president to be signed into law.”

The ABLE Act is the first major piece of legislation affecting the disabled population since the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. It is said to have earned more bipartisan and bicameral support than any other bill in Congress, with the ABLE Act having 380 House co-sponsors and 74 Senate co-sponsors.