Pelosi Statement on President George H.W. Bush’s Legacy on the ADA
Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on President George H.W. Bush’s leadership to enact the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990:
“On this National Day of Mourning, a grieving nation remembers the beautiful life of President George H.W. Bush, and salutes the powerful legacy that he leaves our country in many areas, including the Americans with Disability Act.
“President Bush’s leadership to enact the ADA has transformed our nation – making our workplaces, our transportation systems, our voting booths and our buildings accessible while also reducing discrimination against people with disabilities. This landmark legislation has provided a shining beacon of progress for more than 55 million Americans living with a disability, and an example to the world. It reaffirmed a fundamental truth: that in our nation, we respect people for what they can do, not judge them for what they cannot do.
“On the 20th anniversary of the ADA, House Democrats took another step to honor our commitment to equal treatment under the law. As Speaker, it was my great honor and joy to implement changes to our institution that enabled Congressman Jim Langevin – and any colleague with a disability – would finally be able to preside over the House.
“Today, as we honor the legacy of President Bush, let us also hold in our hearts a courageous champion for civil rights and clarion voice for progress: Ady Barkan. Our nation owes Ady a profound debt for his fearless leadership to protect Americans’ health care, even in the face of the most extraordinary personal hardships. ALS has limited his mobility, but has never curbed his effectiveness or dampened his spirit.
“Let the legacy of progress made by President Bush, Ady Barkan and so many other champions of respect and dignity remain a blessing always to our nation.”