Pelosi Statement on the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today commemorating the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990:

"For 29 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has stood as a landmark civil rights victory, rooted in the bedrock belief that every American has the right to live with dignity and respect.  Since its passage, the ADA has delivered transformative progress in the fight against discrimination and exclusion, ensuring that the 55 million Americans living with a disability have access to the equal opportunity that is their right.

"As we celebrate this historic achievement, we recommit to strong action against cruel and discriminatory attacks from the Trump Administration, which continues to work to undermine this cornerstone of our civil rights law and sabotage the affordable, quality health care that millions rely on.  Our Democratic Majority is working to advance a bold agenda to ensure that people with disabilities have the resources and protections they need to thrive, and are supported by independent living initiatives and access to home and community-based long-term care as an alternative to institutionalization.  And last week, we took decisive action to honor the contributions that people with disabilities make to our communities and our economy by passing the Raise The Wage Act to eliminate the outrageous subminimum wage and give millions of hard-working families a long-overdue raise.

"Democrats will continue to work tirelessly to remove barriers and expand possibilities to ensure people with disabilities can fully participate in our society and in our democracy.  As House Democrats fight For The People, we reaffirm our lasting commitment to uphold the promise of the ADA and empower people with disabilities and all Americans to strive to build a brighter future and stronger America."