Congress: House Education and Labor Committee Leadership Announced

Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) will serve as Chair of the full committee and Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) will serve as Ranking Member. Additionally, the following will serve as Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members, respectively:

  • Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education: Delegate Gregorio Sablan (D-NMI) and Representative Rick Allen (R-GA)
  • Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions: Representatives Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and Tim Walberg (R-MI)
  • Higher Education and Workforce Investment: Representatives Susan A. Davis (D-CA) and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)
  • Workforce Protections: Representatives Alma Adams (D-NC) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
  • Civil Rights and Human Resources: Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and James Comer (R-KY)

A full list of members can be found on the committee website.

Congress: New Ways and Means Committee Members Announced

Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced the following new members of the House Ways and Means Committee: Representatives Ron Estes (R-KS), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), and Drew Ferguson (R-GA). Additionally, he announced the following Representatives will serve as Ranking Members on subcommittees: Devin Nunes (R-CA), Health; Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Human Resources; Mike Kelly (R-PA), Oversight; Tom Reed (R-NY), Social Security; Adrian Smith (R-NE), Tax; and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Trade.

Miscellaneous News: New Finance, Ways and Means Committees Members Announced

The Senate Finance Committee recently announced new members, including Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Steve Daines (R-MT), Todd Young (R-IN), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV). Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) announced the following new Democratic Members of the House Ways and Means Committee: Gwen Moore (D-WI), Dan Kildee (D-MI), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Tom Suozzi (D-NY), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Steven Horsford (D-NV).

Miscellaneous News: 116th Congress Convenes, Committee Assignments Announced

On January 3, the 116th Congress began, and most newly-elected members were formally sworn in. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. The new Congress includes 9 freshman Senators and 93 freshman Representatives.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) has announced chairs for the committee’s 12 subcommittees. Among the changes, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will now chair the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee; Rep. David Price (D-NC) will chair the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee; and Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) will chair the Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration Subcommittee.

Income Support – Special Needs Trust Fairness Act Clears House Committee

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R.670) on July 13. This bill will allow individuals to establish special needs trusts on their own behalf. Due to a technical drafting error when the Medicaid statute was modified in 1993, current law only allows a parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a court to establish a Special Needs Trust for an individual. This leads to unnecessary legal expenses for eligible individuals who do not have a guardian or a living parent or grandparent. The Senate approved its version, S.349 in September of 2015.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Meeting Held

Last week, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was mandated by Section 609 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, held its second meeting. To access the Committee Charter, meeting agenda, testimony, meeting minutes, and other updates, visit the Department of Labor website.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, mandated by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), held its first meeting January 22-23 in Washington, DC. Several panels of experts discussed various aspects of competitive integrated employment, and public testimony was provided. The panelists’ presentations and the public testimony are now available online. The next WIOA Advisory Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 23-24 in Washington, DC.

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Meeting Held

Last week, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, which was mandated by Section 609 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, held its first meeting. David Mank, PhD, was elected to chair the committee. The Committee is an excellent opportunity to bring together stakeholders to recommend programs and policies to increase competitive integrated employment for people with I/DD. To access the Committee Charter, meeting agenda, testimony, meeting minutes, and other updates, visit the ODEP website.

New Subcommittee Chairs and Members Announced for House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Last week, Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, announced 8 new and 14 returning Republican Members who will be serving on the Committee for the 114th Congress. The Committee has jurisdiction over programs and policies important to The Arc and its members including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Head Start, the Higher Education Act, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, equal opportunity and civil rights in employment including under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.