Disability In Politics

Anja H., Staff Writer

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This current election and the aftermath of it, have left many people with disabilities including myself worried about how the government is going to attend to our wishes and concerns. Right now a way it seems they are doing this, is by footing bills into the House and the Senate. Here is your guide to the bills and what they mean for one of America’s most important minorities.

 

Senate: Disability Integration Act.

This bill, introduced by Senator Schumer, is a bill that will help keep people with disabilities in their homes and not in state institutions. This bill also helps people with disabilities get the necessary services to stay in their homes.

As a person who has a disability, I am very excited that this bill got introduced because I believe that every person with a disability should be able to live as independently as possible .

 

House: HR 620

This bill takes away one of the ADA’s most important protections by allowing businesses to be “ notified” of an impending lawsuit and try to “ fix” it many times not actually caring to fix it. Only then can the person sue to get what should have been theirs in the first place.

I am very disturbed by this bill because it is actively trying to stifle people’s rights to sue during discrimination, thus trying to enable those looking to walk all over people a grant to do so.

 

Now that you have heard my opinion you probably want to hear some other opinions right?  Well, I spoke to Mrs. Stearns and asked her opinions on the bills .Though she didn’t say which bill she would vote for when asked the question about her opinion on the bills she did reply that “ One of the bills pushes us in a forward direction but the other is trying to pull us backwards and I do not think that is right.”

 

Mrs. Graves also shared her opinion. For the DIA EQ she supports and thinks it is ”crazy”” that it isn’t already a law.

On HR 620 she says,“ I am unable to make a statement on this at this time. I need to know more about it.”

 

Let’s hope that congress passes the bill that is in the best interest of people with disabilities.

So, there you have it folks! Your guide to two of the most important bills in Congress!

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