Americans With Disabilities Act Quotes

If our bureaucrats in Washington, our regulators—maybe that’s a better word—write the regulations too stringently and too tough, there are aspects of this bill that could make it very difficult for the free enterprise system.

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Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT), The New York Times.

Rather than merely prohibiting discrimination against the disabled, the bill compels employers to make significant expenditures and extensive physical alterations to their facilities to accommodate an unlimited variety job applicants.

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Gordon J. Humphrey (R-NH), The New York Times.

The cost to the nation and the economy is going to be dramatic. This goes way beyond the bounds of reason.

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Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX).

[ADA will cost] millions of dollars annually.

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Cecelia Fepp, research analyst for the United States Chamber of Commerce, The New York Times.

Under the guise of civil rights for the disabled, the Senate had passed a disaster for U.S. business.

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National Review.

Since access would now be a civil right, moreover, the cost would not be relevant--even if that means eliminating bus service or closing down businesses that cannot afford either compliance or the legal expenses of defending themselves in court. In addition, the bill would also, for the first time, grant homosexuals the right to sue over discrimination.

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National Review.

The ADA also mandates job accommodation financed by employers. Employers will be forced to restructure existing facilities, restructure jobs, hire readers, signers, and assistants in order to accommodate over 900 physical and mental impairments. This converts a civil rights measure into a mandated benefits program for the disabled. It is time we ask ourselves what `reasonable accommodation' means for American businesses. The real cost to the nation would be higher costs of production, fewer jobs, lower real wage rates, lower levels of output and income, and a weaker competitive position for the U.S. business in the world market place.

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Ron Marlenee (R-MT) speaking to the House of Representatives. The Americans With Disabilities Act.

The House of Representatives has “chosen to put the unreasonable damage awards and attorney’s fees above the needs of employers and employees.”

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Nancy R. Fulco, a lawyer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The New York Times.

We don’t want a lot of innocent small-business people who are trying to do the right thing to be hauled into court.

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David Rahr, chief House lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business. The New York Times.

Small firms who have hired persons with disabilities have found in most cases that the extra effort makes good economic sense. I have no doubt that, faced with the demands of the marketplace, many other small firms will soon learn the same lesson.

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Sally Douglas, Assistant Director of Governmental Relations for Research Policy for the National Federation of Independent Business. The Congressional Digest. December, 1989.

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