Figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy show that across the country in November, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 12.4 percent, nearly twice as high as the unemployment rate for people without disabilities.
Loebsack declined to take a stance on 14(c)’s worth, but said he sympathized with Skyline leaders’ concerns.
“I understand where they’re coming from and I’ll keep an open mind,” he said.
Robinson and Schilling also told Loebsack about the cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program as a result of the sequester.
Skyline used a CDBG grant to add 20,000 square feet to its warehouse around 2001. If the organization wanted to expand in the future, the CDBG cuts create concern about whether funds would be available.