Senior Director of Government Relations Donna Meltzer recently presented testimony to the National Fiscal Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bipartisan commission created by President Obama to address our nation's fiscal challenges. As the Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Meltzer's testimony highlighted the concerns of the disability community that sound federal fiscal policy is critical to ensuring adequate resources to support programs that promote the independence and productivity of children and adults with disabilities in the United States.
The following principles for fiscal reform were shared on behalf of CCD and its members:
•Federal funding decisions and tax policy should not result in a federal budget that is crafted at the expense of people with disabilities;
•Services, supports, and benefits critical to the well-being of people with disabilities and their families should be protected, improved, and expanded; and
•When needed, the federal government should lead or assist states in being fair and efficient in carrying out their responsibilities to people with disabilities and their families.
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Click here to view a video of the hearing.