09.11.08

ENZI ISSUES STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF ADA AMENDMENTS ACT

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-WY, Ranking Member of theSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP Committee), issued thefollowing statement on Senate passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008:

“Passing this ADA bill is critical to restore the intent of the original Americanswith Disabilities Act. Recent court decisions have denied protections to some individuals that Congress intended to cover when it first passed ADA. This bill will ensure thatindividuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination as Congress originallyintended.

“As a former small business owner, I will continue to watch the effects that thisstatute and others may have on small businesses. We must make sure these changes protect individuals who may be left behind now without creating unreasonable newburdens for small businesses struggling to compete.”

The Senate approved the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 today unanimously. The bill has the support of a broad coalition in the business community and disabilityadvocates. Over 70 Senators co-sponsored the legislation.

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