Urgent: Save the ADA! House will vote NEXT WEEK on H.R.620

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Thirty Years of Holding It Is Long Enough—
Why Disabled Americans Oppose H.R.620 (and You Should,Too)

The House of Representatives will vote the week of Feb. 12 on H.R.620. We need your help to stop it!

Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into supporting an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for disabled Americans who have been “holding it,” waiting to use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!

They say the law is needed to help local “mom and pop” shops, while behind the scenes, powerful trade associations for wealthy corporations—everything from multinational hotel chains to big box stores and corporate coffee shops—are pulling the strings in an effort to gain support for regressive rollbacks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This opens the door to not only dismantling the ADA, but other civil rights laws as well.

Please contact your House Representative (and others from your state) and encourage them to stay strong in their opposition to H.R.620 and any “notice and cure” bill, as a rollback of civil rights. SAVE THE ADA!

  • Go to Contacting Congress using your zip code to find out how to reach your House representative via e-mail, phone, Facebook, Twitter, fax, etc.
  • Call your Representative using the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. They will help you find your Representative’s name, and switch you to their office. If you know your Representative’s name, you can use the House of Representatives phone list.

Sample Script:

"Hello, my name is [your name]. I’m a constituent from [your state], zip code [your zip code]. I am opposed to H.R. 620 and any change to the equal access protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I strongly encourage Representative [add last name] to oppose any reform efforts. Thank you."

Reasons To Oppose H.R.620:

  • H.R. 620 would weaken the civil rights of people with disabilities, making it harder for us to use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends, family members, and peers.
  • Disability rights are civil rights. The ADA is a civil rights law. H.R. 620 would not only rollback important parts of the ADA, it would pose risks for other civil rights laws as well (such as Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars public accommodations such as hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues from discriminating based on race; Title III of the ADA was based on this law).
  • H.R. 620 would not solve the problems its supporters are claiming it would fix. It would not stop fraudulent lawsuits. State courts and state bar associations are already equipped to address those problems, in better ways, without denying anyone equal access, or their civil rights. They have been successfully shutting down those bad practices in many areas.

Three decades of holding it is long enough! Tell your Congressional Representative to OPPOSE H.R. 620.

For more information, see https://dredf.org/hr620/ or write info@dredf.org.

11 thoughts on “Urgent: Save the ADA! House will vote NEXT WEEK on H.R.620

  1. Cynthia Rapp

    I oppose HR620. At one time our state was one of the best in protecting ADA rights. Now with all the changes coming to Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps and now ADA, these are the rights for people that can’t take care of them self otherwise, it wouldn’t have been on the books for this long. You are not attacking people that can care for them self, you are now attacking our seniors too. Since when was USA a country that is was everyone for themselves? If you can find it to give to the rich and take from the poor, America is no longer the country we once were.

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  2. John D. Kemp

    HR 620 is an appalling affront to the civil rights of people with disabilities! Cong. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) withdrew his co-sponsorship after Viscardi weighed in. Yet, Cong. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) is still holding firm with co-sponsorship, and we have stepped up our efforts to change her mind including contacting her largest donor (he’s with us) and taken to social media, using DREDF’s great messaging and links. Thank you!

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  3. Lynn McAfee

    I just emailed my House of Representative guy, although he’s pretty conservative and I doubt he’ll vote for us. It may be too late, but I have an idea for a demonstration. We should send specimen containers of our urine to our reps to illustrate our plight. I don’t know that we’ll win any friends in Congress by it, but the public education and publicity value of it would be enormous. Just an idea…

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  4. Douglas Bacon

    I have little hope that my Representative will vote against this, but made my concerns known to her. I can’t wait to vote her out of office in November!

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