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An Update from the NCIL Rehabilitation Act / IL Funding Subcommittee: NCIL Opposes President Trump’s Proposed “Partnerships for Innovation, Inclusion, and Independence”

NCIL members around the country have been expressing concerns about the President’s proposed changes to IL funding. As a reminder, the President’s May budget outline proposed major cuts to disability-related programs, including the elimination of the Part B funding to create a new “Partnership for Innovation, Inclusion, and Independence”. See our May 24 alert for more information on the President’s budget. The NCIL Rehabilitation Act / Independent Living Funding Subcommittee shares your concerns and has heard your requests for action, and we’d like to share with you what we’ve been doing to fight this so far.

Since the budget outline was released in May, we have taken several steps to oppose this proposal. When the proposal was made public in May, we spoke with Congressional staff about our concerns and the likelihood of this proposal being enacted. Earlier this month, NCIL sent a letter of opposition to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees with several other organizations. Just this Wednesday, we sent out an alert so NCIL members around the country have updated talking points to talk to Congress about IL funding.

As we have said previously, we are still hearing that the creation of this Partnership will not be considered by Congress. Still, NCIL and the Rehabilitation Act / IL Funding Subcommittee strongly opposes this proposal and will continue our work to fight against any efforts to enact it.

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