Right now on Capitol Hill a bill is moving in Congress that will undercut the Americans with Disabilities Act and deny Americans with disabilities their right to access public accommodations. The House of Representatives may vote on the ADA Education and Reform Act – HR 620 – as early as next week, and we are being told that it is likely to pass the House with Democratic votes.
The name of the bill – the ADA Education and Reform Act – is deliberately misleading. HR 620 will create new barriers to enforcement of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Justice delayed is justice denied, and HR 620 will delay and deny justice for millions of people with disabilities. It also opens the door to further attacks on the ADA and other civil rights laws.
Never before has there been such a credible threat to the Americans with Disabilities Act – in part – because Democrats are cosponsoring this legislation. Despite the vicious and the vile intentions the bill has for people with disabilities, it has an unprecedented 108 co-sponsors. Supporting HR 620 sends a blatant message, these members of Congress believe the disability community does not matter and the disability vote doesn’t count.
Disability Action for America is holding incumbents accountable for their support for HR 620 and their attack on our civil rights. There must be consequences for elected officials who vote to rip away disabled people’s right to access public accommodations. It’s our time to defeat and unseat elected officials who refuse to promote disability rights and repeatedly commit disability wrongs. Last year, we showed our power through protest. Let’s make 2018 the year that demonstrates the power of the disability vote!
Contact your Congressperson today to make sure they know you are watching their vote on HR 620 and will hold them accountable if they vote for this bill by voting for their opponents this November.
Expect more updates from Disability Action for America about HR 620 soon, but until then, Lead On!