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Congressman George Holding

Representing the 13th District of North Carolina

ABLE Act Will Help Millions of People with Disabilities

Dec 3, 2014
Press Release

CONTACT: Alex Miehls, 202-226-8159

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) took to the House floor to share the story of a constituent from Raleigh, Kenneth Kelty, and to voice his support of the ABLE Act (H.R. 647), which later passed with broad bipartisan support. Video and full remarks are below:

“Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for the time. Earlier today I had the privilege of meeting with Kenneth Kelty and his mother, Jacqueline. They’re from my district and this is a family who would benefit directly from the ABLE Act and who shared their support of this important bill with me, just this afternoon.

“Kenneth recently graduated from the University Participant Program at Western Carolina University – a program that allows students with disabilities to study side by side with other students at the university. In Kenneth’s words, it was a chance to do all the same things as everyone else with nothing holding us back. Kenneth joined a fraternity, had a good time, learned a lot, and was able to come back and have a job.

“Mr. Chairman, just as the University Participant Program helps people with disabilities – like Kenneth – so will this bipartisan ABLE Act. This bill will allow tax-free savings accounts for expenses such as housing, education, and employment training. Similar to 529 college savings accounts, these accounts will help provide families some peace of mind when trying to save for their children’s long-term expenses.

“So Mr. Chairman, I encourage my colleagues to support the ABLE Act. And I thank you, and I yield back.”