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12 Dems votes helped the House GOP’s Assault on the ADA

Admin Feb 17,2018

This article is originally on Medium

Shifting the burden of compliance with disability’s laws unto the people who have been discriminated against – is what House voted for on Valentines Day.

On Wednesday, House Republicans celebrated Valentine’s Day by attacking consumer protections and financial regulations.

The next day, amidst the national mourning following the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, House Republicans voted to turn the clock backward on civil rights.

Just like Social Security and Medicare “reform” often means dismemberment, so, too, was ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 about weakening this landmark law protecting the rights of those with disabilities.

This “reform” bill would shift the burden of compliance away from public establishments and to victims of discrimination. In particular, it requires that a person with a disability must (1) provide “written notice” of an alleged barrier to the owner of an accommodation, (2) wait sixty days for a response, and (3) prove that the owner did not respond or make “substantial progress” in resolving the issue within 120 days — before being able to file a lawsuit.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-05) laid out the stakes clearly:

If this bill were signed into law with the notice and cure component, it would effectively hold harmless places of public accommodation for willfully failing to comply with the ADA. It would make denial of equal access to persons with disabilities a second-tier violation of civil rights because no other federal civil rights law grants entities that violate the law this right. Additionally this would be the first time Congress weakened an existing civil rights law, in this way, through subsequent legislation.

The AARP, NAACP, ACLU, AFL-CIO, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Association for Justice (AAJ), the National Disability Rights Network, and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights all opposed the bill. As Leadership Conference CEO and President Vanita Gupta said, this bill would “lead to the continued exclusion of people with disabilities from the mainstream of society and would turn back the clock on disability rights in America.”

It passed 225 to 192. 213 Republicans and 12 Democrats voted for it. 173 Democrats and 19 Republicans voted against it.

If the 12 Democrats had not supported it, it would not have passed.

Here are the 12:

Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Ami Bera (CA-07)

Jim Cooper (TN-05)

Lou Correa (CA-46)

Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Bill Foster (IL-11)

Scott Peters (CA-52)

Collin Peterson (MN-07)

Kathleen Rice (NY-04)

Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Jackie Speier (CA-14)

Norma Torres (CA-35)

And here are the 19 Republicans who rightly voted against it:

Lou Barletta (PA-11)

Barbara Comstock (VA-10)

Ryan Costello (PA-06)

Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Gregg Harper (MS-03)

John Katko (NY-24)

Leonard Lance (NJ-07)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Peter Roskam (IL-06)

Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05)

Chris Smith (NJ-04)

Glenn Thompson (PA-05)

Kevin Yoder (KS-03)

Don Young (AK-AL)

David Young (IA-03)