Langevin Applauds Passage of ADA Amendments Act

Sep 17, 2008

(Warwick, R.I.) - Congressman Jim Langevin today gave the following statement on the House floor on S. 3406 - ADA Amendments Act:

“I am pleased to support S. 3406, the Senate-approved ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Passage of this bill will clear the way for the President’s signature and finally renew our promise to the American people that discrimination, in any form, will never be tolerated.

“I would like to thank my good friend, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has been a champion on behalf of the disability community.   I would also like to express my appreciation to Chairman George Miller for his continued leadership on this critical issue.

“The ADA was groundbreaking civil rights legislation.  As someone who has lived with the challenges of a disability both before and after the ADA's enactment in 1990, I have experienced, first hand, the profound changes that this law has effected within our society.

“The bill before us today reaffirms the protections of the ADA and upholds the ideals of equality and opportunity on which this country was founded. 

“In July, we celebrated the 18th anniversary of the ADA.  It was a day to reflect on our past accomplishments, our current challenges and future opportunities.  I can think of no better way to honor the spirit of this landmark bill than by passing the ADA Amendments Act and reaffirming Congress’s intent to ensure the ADA’s broad protections.

“People with disabilities represent a tremendously valuable resource.  By fostering an environment of inclusion and empowerment, we can provide the means for every individual to fulfill his or her potential. 

“The ADA Amendments Act will help us realize this important goal.  I strongly urge my colleagues to support passage of this bill and send it to the President for his signature.”