Statement ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
July 26, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today to commemorate the twenty-eighth anniversary of the signing of the bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Below is a link to the video and transcript of his remarks:

Click here to watch the full remarks.
“Mr. Speaker, twenty-eight years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. I was proud to be a lead sponsor of that legislation, and to be on hand for the bill signing on this day twenty-eight years ago, together with former Democratic Whip Tony Coehlo, Representatives Steve Bartlett and Jim Sensenbrenner, Senators Tom Harkin, Ted Kennedy, Bob Dole, Orrin Hatch, and Lowell Weicker, and so many others, a list of which I will include in my remarks. We worked hard to shepherd that legislation to passage with strong, bipartisan support.

“The ADA has reshaped the landscape of our country for millions of people living with disabilities, and, indeed, for many, many millions throughout the world. It has done more than build ramps or widen doorways. It has changed perceptions and brought greater understanding not only to the abilities of those who were previously excluded, but also the challenges of living with a disability.

“I’m glad we have been able to come together to strengthen the ADA over the years in the same spirit of bipartisanship that we have since its inception.

“As we celebrate, Mr. Speaker, this anniversary each year we rededicate ourselves to the project of protecting the civil rights of Americans with disabilities and expanding opportunity, equality, and access for all our people.”