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ERIC Number: ED506300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
Legislative Agenda for the 111th Congress, 2009-2010
Arc of the United States
For many decades, the six national disability advocacy organizations that endorse the legislative agenda contained in this document have recognized the vital role the federal government plays in the everyday lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. From civil rights protections to community housing, from special education to Social Security benefits, from job training to basic health care, from transportation to long term supports and services and more, the federal government spends billions of dollars, both directly and in partnership with state government, on people with developmental disabilities. These programs are funded though entitlement programs such as Medicaid and Medicare and discretionary programs such as vocational rehabilitation, HUD housing, and education. Following an Introduction, the publication includes both fiscal policy and programmatic agenda. The partnering organizations call on Congress to: (1) Address the unmet needs of people with disabilities and their families before making further tax cuts or reforming tax policy so that it negatively impacts low wage earners and other vulnerable people; (2) Protect low income tax payers from paying higher taxes; (3) Enable people with disabilities to be independent and productive; (4) Protect and enhance, not erode, services and benefits for people with disabilities; (5) Assure that tax policies represent a sound investment and will not jeopardize the long term stability of people with disabilities and their families; (6) Protect the Social Security trust funds for use by current and future beneficiaries; (7) Raise sufficient revenues to balance the annual budget and finance the federal government's role in providing essential supports, services, and benefits for people with disabilities and their families; (8) Roll back or repeal tax cuts and adjust other tax policies that create a deficit or put existing disability programs at risk; (9) Avoid creating impediments to the states' ability to raise sufficient revenue to meet human needs; and (10) Assure the continuing ability of nongovernmental entities to support people with disabilities and their families. [Additional partners include: United Cerebral Palsy, American Network of Community Options and Resources; Association of University Centers on Disabilities; and National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arc of the United States; American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security