New Life for the ADA

Mr. Speaker, I rise to enthusiastically support the legislation that we just debated on the floor of the House. Having been detained in my Committee on Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure during the debate, I wanted to come and support H.R. 3195, the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 [now the ADA Amendments Act of 2008]. This is truly a civil rights initiative, and it is important to restore the basic support and rights of those who are disabled in America. Unfortunately, through the Supreme Court's narrow decision and definition of the word "disability," it made it very difficult for individuals with serious health conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and severe intellectual impairments to prove that they qualify for protection under the ADA. The Supreme Court narrowed that definition in two ways: one by ruling that mitigation... [Read Full Article]