08.11.15

Burr Praises North Carolina’s Passage of the ABLE Act

WASHINGTON – Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law. The bill implements in North Carolina the federal ABLE Act, the bill that Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) steered through the United States Senate and was signed into law by the President last year

“The ABLE Act has been called the most significant piece of legislation affecting the disabled since passage of the American Disabilities Act 25 years ago. I got involved in this effort nearly 8 years ago after families of severely disabled children came to me expressing the critical need for an easy way to save for their child's future expenses, especially since many Americans with Down Syndrome and autism are now outliving their parents. I am proud that my home state moved quickly to ensure North Carolina’s families will have this opportunity.

“Unfortunately, for too long, our policies have focused on what an individual with a disability cannot do. Before ABLE, federal law was written in such a way where a family who had the resources and the desire to save and plan for that child's future expenses were advised not to do so in fear of disqualifying them from federal programs down the road. Not only has this been cruel, it has also been a reflection of our own failure to recognize the potential and meaning of each and every human life. The ABLE Act will help Americans with disabilities achieve their purpose and fulfill their God-given gifts.”