Statements about Disability

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

Goodwill Industries International pays workers with disabilities wages as low as pennies per  hour.

"About 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work."

In Rhode Island, 9 percent of workers use the state's temporary disability insurance program each year while in New Jersey, the rate is only 3 percent.

"Not one dime gets added to the deficit because of Social Security."

"For the first time in eight years, our budget also increases funding for persons with disabilities by $36 million to help more disabled people receive community-based services."

U.S. House opponent Paul Ryan supports "cutting funding for veterans by 24 percent."

The Wisconsin law repealed by Republicans, which allowed discriminated workers to sue in state court, "was kind of a gravy train" for lawyers.

"New Jersey has the second highest rate of institutionalization" of people with developmental disabilities "in America. Only Texas puts more of its citizens -- confines more of its citizens -- to institutions than New Jersey. "

Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.

"One in 19 Americans today get SSDI or SSI. That's one in 19 Americans (who) are disabled."

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt started Social Security, "it only affected widows and orphans," and when Medicare began, "it was a small program."

"(Bill) McCollum also voted for numerous amendments to weaken the legislation, even voting to make trains less accessible to those in wheelchairs."

Says she "stopped Capital Metro from raising fares for senior and disabled citizens."

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