President-elect Mike Pence spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday and said he wants to pass a new bill that will allow individuals with disabilities to get back into the workforce if they can prove that their speech impediment makes it hard for them to communicate.
Pence’s speech impairment law, which he said would not affect his job approval rating, would allow people with speech-language pathologies to be able to return to work if they could prove that they are not a burden on others.
Pence said he would ask Congress to pass the bill by the end of the year.
Pence told Tapper he would like to see the legislation passed by the House of Representatives by the first week of January.
The speech-disability law is currently awaiting a final vote in the Senate.
In a press release, Pence said the bill would give those with speech impairments the opportunity to resume their careers.
“This legislation would provide a path for people with disabilities and those with other disabilities to return in a safe, non-invasive way to work, without having to go through the rigmarole of going through a lengthy hearing and a lengthy court case, if that’s something that’s a concern to you,” Pence said.
“The American people expect us to treat people with disability with dignity and respect.
We cannot continue to tolerate discrimination and we must continue to fight for justice and fairness in our country.”
Pence’s comments come as President-Elect Donald Trump has vowed to work to pass his version of the new disability-related legislation by the start of January, according to the New York Times.
He has promised to sign the bill, which would allow individuals to return home to jobs they have previously been unable to perform, if they have “substantial evidence” that they cannot communicate well with others.