Field Hearings

Congressional Forum

Forum Details

Title:   Disability in the Budget: Why it Matters
Date / Time:   
Thursday, May 12, 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time
2322 Rayburn House Office Building*
Hosted by:  
National Council on Disability, in collaboration with the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus

Opening Statement

  • Chairman Jonathan Young, National Council on Disability (STATEMENT)


Panel 1

  • The Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R - WA, 5th District), Co-Chair, Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Washington, DC (TESTIMONY)
  • The Honorable James Langevin (D - RI, 2nd District), Co-Chair, Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Washington, DC (TESTIMONY)

Panel 2

  • The Honorable Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC (TESTIMONY) (BIO)

Panel 3

  • Ms. Kelly Stuart Woodall, Executive Director, Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC (TESTIMONY) (BIO)
  • Mr. Ed Lorenzen, Executive Director, The Moment of Truth Project, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Washington, DC (TESTIMONY)
  • Ms. Bonnie Miller, Parent and Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Self-Determination Consumer and Family Group, Greencastle, PA (TESTIMONY) (BIO)

Invitation to Testify

Congressional offices are invited to provide testimony in-person or otherwise join the forum. To ensure optimal participation, NCD kindly requests that Members of Congress interested in providing testimony in-person indicate in advance by notifying Anne Sommers, NCD Director of Legislative Affairs and Outreach, at Members of Congress may also submit written testimony to NCD's record within ten business days of the forum (Deadline: May 26).

Advocacy organizations and interested members of the public are invited to attend and to submit testimony to NCD's written record by May 26. Written testimony is limited to five pages, double-spaced, and should include name, organizational affiliation, if any, and contact information. All written testimony should be sent to Anne Sommers at

*The accessible lift at the Independence Avenue entrance to the Rayburn building is out of service. Those with accessibility needs should enter the Rayburn building at horseshoe drive off South Capitol Street or through any of the buildings listed at:

Media contact:
Lawrence Carter-Long, Public Affairs Specialist
National Council on Disability
Phone: 202-272-2004 (voice); 202-272-2074 (TTY)


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