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Don't let Congress mess with the ADA

A bill (H.R. 620) that would significantly weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act and its protections for individuals with disabilities may now be introduced in the U.S. Senate.


 

The bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibited the discrimination of individuals with disabilities all most aspects of American life. The ADA struck a careful balance between the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and the practical needs of businesses, requiring only those modifications that did not result in an undue burden to an existing business. The law took the prospective approach of requiring equal access to businesses that were opened after the ADA became law in 1990.

Unfortunately, H.R. 620 ignores the bipartisan compromise that has been working for nearly 28 years. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225-to-192 to pass the ADA Education and Reform Act and the bill may now be introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Contact your Senators and tell them to vote against this bill that creates new, unnecessary burdens for a person with a disability to meet before filing a complaint against a business who has yet to comply with the 1990 law.


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Please vote against H.R. 620 should it be introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its protections and civil rights of individuals with disabilities

The bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act made it illegal to discriminate against individuals with disabilities in accessing public services and facilities, including places of business. The ADA struck a careful balance between the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and the practical needs of businesses, even including a business waiver if an accessibility modification would create undue burden and expense.

H.R. 620 ignores the ADA's bipartisan compromise, which has been working for nearly 28 years, by creating new, unnecessary burdens for a person with a disability to meet before filing a complaint against a business who hasn't complied with the 1990 law. H.R. 620 represents a step backwards in the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and their ability to fully access and participate in their community.
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Please vote against H.R. 620 should it come to the Senate floor. The legislation creates new burdens for individuals with disabilities to access public accommodations.

Thank you for considering my views in support of the rights of people with disabilities.
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