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March 1, 2018
A Setback for Civil Rights
           Congressman Langevin with advocates from the United Spinal Association

Dear Friends,

My life was fundamentally altered by the Americans with Disabilities Act when it passed in 1990. Ten years earlier, when I was 16 years old, I had become paralyzed and I faced many obstacles because public places didn’t accommodate a wheelchair.

However, with the enactment of the ADA, my world opened up. Suddenly I and millions of people with disabilities nationwide could no longer be excluded from society. For the first time, we couldn’t be fired because of our circumstances. For the first time, we had access to public buildings, communications and transportation systems. The barriers began to come down.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have championed the gains we made under the ADA. But after decades of progress, the ADA is under attack.

The House recently passed H.R. 620, the misnamed “ADA Education and Reform Act.” The bill changes the very nature of the ADA by requiring compliance with its provisions only after a four month “notice and cure period.” No other civil rights law has such an onerous process before an individual can act to stop discrimination. The ADA has been part of our legal framework for nearly 30 years. Delaying justice for people seeking reasonable accommodations under the law will only encourage noncompliance.

While I’m deeply troubled that this bill cleared the House, the fight isn’t over. I’m hopeful the Senate will realize the potential harm H.R. 620 poses to individuals with disabilities and reject this dangerous bill. With the steadfast commitment of leaders like Senator Tammy Duckworth, we can preserve and protect the ADA for generations to come.

You can learn more about my efforts protecting civil rights on my website and by following me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

           Rep. Langevin's Signature

Congressman Langevin at an event opposing offshore drilling at the University of Rhode Island's Bay Campus
Offshore Drilling
A single oil spill could devastate Rhode Island’s treasured waters, marine ecosystems and coastline, which is why the Department of the Interior’s plan to allow drilling off our coast is so dangerous. We can’t jeopardize the natural resource on which our state so heavily relies. To emphasize my opposition to this misguided proposal, I joined federal, state and local environmental leaders at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus where we highlighted the dangerous effects offshore drilling could have on the state.
 
Congressman Langevin with a constituent at the Cranston Senior Center
Cyber Aware
As we increasingly use the Internet in our everyday lives, it is more important than ever to practice safe cybersecurity habits. But knowing ways to protect yourself online can be difficult – which is why I organized a cybersecurity awareness event at the Johnston Senior Center. Over 70 people of all ages came to hear from local leaders about how to stay safe online, and because of the great turnout, I will be hosting more of these educational events in the coming months.
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