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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Opposes Bill to Undermine Americans with Disabilities Act

February 15, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Gene Green (TX-29), issued the following statement after voting against legislation that would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):  

“I am deeply disappointed that my Republican colleagues voted today to roll back basic rights for disabled Americans, taking a major step backward as a country. Ensuring basic accommodations for all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, ought to be a bipartisan issue. Despite being aimed at the very small number of abusive ADA suits brought by lawyers rather than disabled persons, this bill makes no attempt to distinguish between legitimate ADA suits and suits brought by non-disabled, repeat complainants. All it does is remove any incentive for businesses to proactively comply with ADA access requirements, and weaken the access standard under the ADA while having no effect on lawsuits that seek damages under state, not federal, laws.”