Sen. John Warner (VA) Replies Re: ADA Restoration
In the past few weeks, I have sent several emails to my congressional represenative and also to my two senators to ask them all to support the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 (HR 3195 in the House, S 1881 in the Senate).
One of my senators has responded:
October 2, 2007
Ms. Andrea Shettle
XXXX [Address] XXXX
Dear Ms. Shettle:
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts regarding disabilities legislation. I appreciate your thoughtful inquiry.
Over the last thirty years, Congress has worked hard to pass legislation that will protect the rights of and provide services for Americans with disabilities. In 1990, Congress passed, with my support, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which has been called the most important nondiscrimination legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ADA provides nondiscrimination protection in employment, public services, public accommodations, and services operated by private, transportation and telecommunications entities for individuals with disabilities.
Recently, on July 26, 2007, Senator Harkin (D-IA) introduced S.1881, the Americans with Disabilities Act Restoration Act of 2007. This legislation would clarify the definition of disability to provide a clear and uniform standard for disability discrimination cases. S.1881 has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
Though I am not a member of the HELP Committee, please be assured that I will be certain to monitor any committee hearings or reports on this matter, and will keep your thoughts in mind should this legislation come before the full Senate.
Again, thank you for contacting me.
With kind regards, I am
United States Senator
Although it’s not bad, it’s also not exactly an enthused commitment to protecting the rights of Americans with disabilities. If you’re in Virginia, then please help deluge him with more letters and phone calls to keep up the pressure. Don’t be afraid to make multiple contacts on the same issue–legislators usually listen more closely to voters who clearly feel very strongly on an issue. And multiple letters or phone calls from you on the same issue will send that message very clearly.
Of course, people in ALL US states are needed to contact your legislators to ask them to pass the ADA Restoration Act of 2007. (When contacting the congressional represenative for your county or district, refer to HR 3195; when contacting the two senators for your state, refer to S. 1881.) You can contact your legislators by using the links (and form emails) at http://www.theunderrepresented.com/blogger/2007/08/us-chamber-of-commerce-supports.html. Be sure to modify these emails to put into YOUR OWN WORDS why the ADA Restoration Act matters to you. It always boosts the power of your message when legislators see that you care enough about an issue to take a little extra time and write your own text.
If you want to read up on some background materials about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, how the courts have undermined the original intent of the ADA, and how the ADA is meant to fix it, you can do that at http://www.c-c-d.org/ada. Or you can also read up on older blog posts on the ADA Restoration Act, both here at ReunifyGally and at other blogs around the web, at “On the ADA Restoration Act” — always available from the top navigation bar from every page of this blog. You may also wish to monitor the ADA Restoration blog for on-going updates at http://adarestoration.blogspot.com/.
If you’re looking for more simple things you can do to help get the ADA Restoration Act passed, check out http://roadtofreedom.org/cs/what_you_can_do for ideas.