January 31, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins in Reintroducing Legislation to Increase Employment Opportunities for Granite Staters and All Americans who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in reintroducing legislation to help increase employment opportunities for Granite Staters and Americans who experience disabilities.

The Disability Employment Incentive Act would increase three existing tax credits for employers who hire and retain employees who experience disabilities and who make their workplaces more accessible.

“To fully thrive as a country, we must keep building a more inclusive society in which all Granite Staters and Americans have the opportunity to work hard and get ahead,” Senator Hassan said. “Unfortunately, there are still too many barriers that impact the economic security of people who experience disabilities, and this legislation is vital to helping to break down those barriers. By increasing existing tax credits for employers who hire and retain employees who experience disabilities and who make their workplaces more accessible, this legislation will help ensure that more Americans have the opportunity to contribute to our shared success. It will also give employers access to a valuable and vital workforce.”

For more information on the Disability Employment Incentive Act, click here. Senator Hassan has long fought to ensure that individuals who experience disabilities receive the support they need to be fully included in our society, including at home, in school, and at work. Last year, Senator Hassan helped introduce legislation to make it easier for small businesses to become accessible for people with disabilities and help those businesses comply with the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. The Senator has also cosponsored legislation to ensure Congress’s commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which has failed to provide the funding promised under the bill.

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