At approximately 3:00 PM, ET today, Senate bill S.3406, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, was brought to the Senate floor for a voice vote. Shortly before 5:00 PM, it passed by unanimous consent!
At approximately 5:30 PM, ET, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will hold a press event at the Senate Swamp (the grassy area across the drive from the east Senate steps) to mark the momentous event. Anyone interested from the D.C. area is encouraged to attend.
In June, the House approved the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 3195) by an impressive vote of 402:17.
But before the bill can head to the White House, the Senate bill must first be sent back to the House. If the House accepts the Senate version of the bill, it could arrive on the President's desk with a veto-proof majority! Stay tuned.
Congratulations, advocates! Your persistent push got us here today!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
SENATE PASSES ADA AMENDMENTS ACT!