From: Olson, Kathryn [mailto:Kathryn.Olson@mail.house.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:37 PM
Subject: WIPA and PABSS
Thank you for your email message in support of reauthorization of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program, funded through the Social Security Administration.
I wanted to let you know that Congressman Xavier Becerra, the Ranking Democratic Member on the Subcommittee on Social Security of the House Committee on Ways and Means, has introduced H.R. 6061, a bill to permanently authorize both the WIPA and the PABSS (Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security) programs, which support employment by Social Security and SSI disability beneficiaries.
We have received many calls and letters about the value of WIPA and PABBS and the importance of ensuring their continuation. As Ranking Member, Congressman Becerra understands the difference they make in the lives of Americans with disabilities, and is eager to see the legislation move forward.
You may read Congressman Becerra’s introductory remarks in the Congressional Record, and can track the progress of the bill and find out who has cosponsored it on this website, searching by bill number H.R. 6061.
Congressional authorization for WIPA and PABSS has expired. One way to ensure their continuation is to pass H.R. 6061 or a similar bill. However, legislation can only be voted on if the leadership of the House of Representatives schedules it for action. You may wish to contact your own Representative in Congress to share your views about WIPA and PABSS.
Thank you again for your support for people with disabilities.
Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means U.S. House of Representatives, B-316 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 202-225-4021
Rep. Bacerra plans to introduce a PABSS WIPA reauthorization bill tomorrow. They are looking for letters of support. Please e-mail support letters to Kathryn Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 6/28/12 if possible.
Please share with any other individuals or organizations that can write a support letter.
Eric Buehlmann, Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy, National Disability Rights Network
If you feel that the information and support these programs provide is helpful in getting Tennesseans with disabilities to consider employment and explore financial independence, please support this effort.
Lynnette Henderson, concerned citizen