Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
February 20, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 32 — Daily Edition
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(Extensions of Remarks - February 20, 2018)
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[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 32 (Tuesday, February 20, 2018)] [Extensions of Remarks] [Page E206] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PERSONAL EXPLANATION ______ HON. LUIS V. GUTIERREZ of illinois in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Mr. GUTIERREZ. Mr. Speaker, I was unavoidably absent in the House chamber for roll call votes 79 and 80 on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Had I been present, I would have voted ``Yea'' on roll call vote 79 and ``Nay'' on roll call vote 80. Had I been present for roll call vote 80, on final passage of the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), I would have voted nay due to the vast setbacks this bill poses for the disability community. As a civil rights issue, the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut protections and key enforcements for an already vulnerable population. The onus falls on businesses to be proactive and to follow proper guidelines to ensure access for all. I particularly find troubling the ``notice and cure'' provisions detailed in the bill, which allows businesses to postpone compliance and fundamentally changes the American with Disabilities Act.