Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law.
“Today, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. At its very foundation, this landmark civil rights legislation has affirmed the human dignity of people living with a disability. For 30 years, it has reminded us that the Promise of America—that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness—isn’t just a promise for some people. It’s a promise for everyone.
“The ADA has opened doors for millions of Americans. It’s encouraged us to celebrate people’s abilities and what every person has to offer. Because of the ADA, people discovered the courage to dream and seize opportunities to build a better life.
“Today, we are experiencing the challenge of the century because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sense of fear and despair caused by the health, isolation, and economic crises is especially hurting the disability community. As the nation navigates a new challenge that couldn’t have been predicted 30 years ago, may we be reminded by today’s anniversary of what’s possible when the American people come together as warriors for human dignity and human value. It leads to a brighter, more hopeful future where every person—no matter their walk of life—is valued for their potential and is empowered with the courage to dream again.”
Note: Cathy McMorris Rodgers is serving her eighth term representing and advocating for people in the 5th District of Washington. She is a leader on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is the top Republican on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. McMorris Rodgers is a mom of three and an ability advocate for her son, Cole, who has Down syndrome. She led to ensure the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was written with families who have children with disabilities in mind. Key provisions of her “ABLE 2.0” legislative package became law in tax reform to empower people with disabilities to save more of what they earn and to explore the workforce so they can find a job that affirms their dignity and purpose.