Legislative Advocacy

We advocate in Congress for laws that benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes all stages of legislative process from identifying the issues to be resolved, conducting substantive research, involving stakeholders, developing legislative language, providing testimony and technical advice to Congressional committees, and activating our grassroots networks to seek support from their Members of Congress. In addition, we work with the White House to help ensure enactment.

Congressional Testimony by The Arc Staff

The Arc staff have testified before Congress on a number of issues. We are invited to present testimony due to our leadership roles in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabiliities (CCD). See select testimony below:

Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
March 9, 2011

House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on "Clearing the Disability Backlog – Giving the Social Security Administration the Resources It Needs to Provide the Benefits Workers Have Earned”
April 23, 2008

House Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on Social Security’s Improved Disability Determination Process.
June 15, 2006

House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support , Joint Hearing on Commissioner of Social Security’s Proposed Improvements to the Disability Determination Process.
September 27, 2005

House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security "First in a Series of Subcommittee Hearings on Protecting and Strengthening Social Security."
May 17, 2005

House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources Hearing on Welfare Reform Reauthorization Proposals.
April 11, 2002

Congressional Testimony by The Arc Chapters

More importantly, we seek and obtain opportunities for chapters of The Arc, and their board members, volunteers, families and self advocates to testify. See select testimony below:

Tony Paulauski, Executive Director of The Arc of Illinois, testimony before the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity Hearing on Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities regarding the HUD 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program.
June 20, 2008

Celine Fortin, Associate Executive Director of The Arc of New Jersey, testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee Hearing on Medicaid’s Critical Role for Americans with Disabilities.
January 16, 2008 http://energycommerce.house.gov/images/stories/Documents/Hearings/PDF/110-he-hrg.011608.Fortin-testimony.pdf