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House Passes ADA Amendments Act of 2008

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Washington, DC, June 26, 2008 | Raj Bharwani ((202) 225-5101) | comments

Menomonee Falls Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner lauded the House of Representatives’ passage yesterday of HR 3195, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, by an overwhelming and bipartisan vote of 402 to 17.


As an original sponsor of this bill, along with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congressman Sensenbrenner demonstrated that with a little collaboration and bipartisanship, important pieces of legislation can be voted on successfully.


“While 18 years have passed since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law, its potential has yet to be realized,” said Sensenbrenner.  “This is because of a number of Supreme Court decisions that have restricted ADA coverage for people suffering from ailments such as diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer, to name a few.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives took the first step to finally secure the promise of the original bill - that the guarantees and promises on which this country was established, continue to be recognized on behalf of all its citizens.”


“This bill has undergone a number of changes since I first introduced it in the 109th Congress,” Sensenbrenner continued.  “This legislation is a compromise that has the support of a broad and balanced coalition of business groups such as the US Chamber of Commerce, as well as advocates for the disability community, including the American Association of People with Disabilities.”


“I appreciate Majority Leader Hoyer’s help in bringing this bill to the floor.  With yesterday’s vote, we just made life a little bit easier for those in our communities who face challenges each and every day of their life.  All I have to do is look at my wife, Cheryl, to appreciate how tough the human spirit can be when it needs to overcome obstacles most of us will never encounter.  I hope the Senate will act on this quickly, so that we can send the bill to the President for his signature,” Sensenbrenner concluded.



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