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October 8, 2019
A More Inclusive Society
           Congressman Langevin with a wheelchair-bound student on Block Island

Dear Friends,

The fight for equality and inclusion strikes at the core of what it means to be an American. As a nation, we have made important strides to advance civil rights. However, there is still significant work to do on many fronts, including the need to promote a more inclusive and accessible society for people with disabilities.

From the moment I was elected to Congress, I have made fighting for the rights of people with disabilities one of my top legislative priorities. This year marked the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a groundbreaking civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. But there is so much more we can do to realize our goals of full access, inclusion and empowerment for all.

Over the last year, I have worked with disability advocates and my colleagues to address some of the pressing challenges that still remain for people with disabilities. In particular, I led efforts to improve protections for disabled airline passengers, establish a more inclusive process to address the needs of people with disabilities in disaster planning, and increase funding for spinal cord injury research. I also co-led a letter to the Office of Personnel Management requesting an explanation as to why it has failed to hire and retain employees with disabilities. To commemorate the 29th ADA anniversary, I introduced a bill to make it easier for small businesses to become accessible and comply with ADA requirements.

These efforts are important, but there is more to be done. We must keep tackling all issues affecting people with disabilities until we live in a society where all Americans are able to realize their full potential.

To keep up with my ongoing efforts on disability issues, and for updates on many other issues, please visit my website and follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.


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Congressman Langevin speaks at a press conference announcing his support for the impeachment inquiry
Impeachment Inquiry
After careful consideration and having listened to the concerns of my constituents, I came to the decision that we must move forward with an impeachment inquiry. President Trump’s recent actions and the transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have further reinforced my position that an inquiry must proceed. It is imperative that we learn the facts surrounding the President’s actions, which, on their face, represent a blatant abuse of the power.
Congressman Langevin speaks at an announcement about an opioids grant
Fighting the Opioid Crisis
Rhode Islanders from all walks of life are being affected by the opioid overdose epidemic. While our state continues to be among the hardest hit by this public health crisis, I am pleased at recent progress we’ve made to address it. My bill to prevent the trafficking of foreign fentanyl and other opioids passed the House, and the federal delegation was able to help secure a $3,482,368 grant to increase the treatment capacity of Rhode Island healthcare providers for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services. I will keep fighting for resources and legislation to combat opioid addiction and overdoses in our communities.
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