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Mike Thompson


Dear Mr. Young:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  I appreciate you taking the time to share your concerns with me.

On July 1, 2010, Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced House Resolution 1504, a bill recognizing and honoring the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  This bill pledges to continue to work on a bipartisan basis to identify and address the remaining barriers that undermine the nation's goals of equal opportunity, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for American with disabilities. 

You will be happy to know that this bill passed the House of Representatives on July 26, 2010.  Because this is an important issue to me and to our nation, I voted in favor of this bill.

Over the past 20 years, the ADA has transformed our nation bringing change to the workplace, to transportation systems, to buildings, and to services.  The ADA has changed all aspects of daily life, making America more accessible.

On July 26, 2010, as H.Res. 1505 passed the House, Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) presided over the House of Representatives.  He is the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress and was the first Member in a wheelchair ever to presided over the House.  This marked a significant moment of progress for Congress and our nation.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.  Please continue to contact me on all issues of importance to you and to our district.

Sincerely,

MIKE THOMPSON
Member of Congress
http://www.mikethompson.house.gov

HRES 1504 IH

111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 1504
Recognizing and honoring the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


   IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 1, 2010


Mr. HOYER (for himself, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr. UPTON, Mr. KENNEDY, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. SMITH of Texas, Mr. NADLER of New York, Mr. GEORGE MILLER of California, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. TOWNS, and Mr. COBLE) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


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RESOLUTION


Recognizing and honoring the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Whereas July 26, 2010, marks the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;

Whereas the Americans with Disabilities Act has been one of the most significant and effective civil rights laws passed by Congress;

Whereas, prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities faced significantly lower employment rates, lower graduation rates, and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities, and were too often denied the opportunity to fully participate in society due to intolerance and unfair stereotypes;

Whereas the dedicated efforts of disability rights advocates, including Justin Dart, Jr., and many others, served to awaken Congress and the American people to the discrimination and prejudice faced by individuals with disabilities;

Whereas Congress worked in a bipartisan manner to craft legislation making such discrimination illegal;

Whereas Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act and President George Herbert Walker Bush signed the Act into law on July 26, 1990;

Whereas the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act is to fulfill the Nation's goals of equality of opportunity, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and full participation for Americans with disabilities;

Whereas the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities, requires that State and local governmental entities accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities, requires places of public accommodation to take reasonable steps to make their goods and services accessible to individuals with disabilities, and requires that new trains and buses be accessible to individuals with disabilities;

Whereas the Americans with Disabilities Act has played an historic role in allowing over 50,000,000 Americans with disabilities to participate more fully in national life by removing barriers to employment, transportation, public services, telecommunications, and public accommodations;

Whereas the Americans with Disabilities Act has served as a model for disability rights in other countries;

Whereas all Americans, not just those with disabilities, benefit from the accommodations that have become commonplace since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including curb cuts at street intersections, ramps for access to buildings, and other accommodations that provide access to public transportation, stadiums, telecommunications, voting machines, and websites;

Whereas Congress acted with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2008 to restore protections for people with epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, depression, and a wide range of other disabilities by passing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which overturned judicial decisions that had inappropriately narrowed the scope of the protected class under the Americans with Disabilities Act;

Whereas, 20 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, children and adults with disabilities continue to experience barriers that interfere with their full participation in mainstream American life;

Whereas, 20 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty as their fellow citizens and continue to experience high rates of unemployment and underemployment;

Whereas, 20 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the largest income support and health care programs continue to operate in a manner that expects people with significant disabilities to be outside the economic mainstream and have limited income and assets;

Whereas, 20 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act and nearly 11 years after the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C., many people with disabilities still live in segregated institutional settings because of a lack of support services that would allow them to live in the community;

Whereas, 20 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, new telecommunication, electronic, and information technologies continue to be developed while not being accessible to all Americans;

Whereas, 20 years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many public and private covered entities are still not accessible to people with disabilities; and

Whereas the United States has a responsibility to welcome back and create opportunities for the tens of thousands of working-age veterans of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in action or have received service-connected injuries while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives-

(1) recognizes and honors the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990;

(2) salutes all people whose efforts contributed to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act;

(3) encourages all Americans to celebrate the advance of freedom and the opening of opportunity made possible by the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and

(4) pledges to continue to work on a bipartisan basis to identify and address the remaining barriers that undermine the Nation's goals of equality of opportunity, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and full participation for Americans with disabilities.

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