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Call Senators Today to Sign a Letter Opposing H.R. 620!

Date: 3/7/2018

As you know, H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, passed in the House of Representatives last month. The next step for this bill, which we strongly oppose, is to be introduced and considered in the US Senate. We do not want this to happen.

In order to forestall the bill's progress in the Senate, a group of Senators, led by Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, has drafted a letter to tell Senators McConnell and Schumer not to bring forward H.R. 620 or any similar bill. As the leaders of the Senate, these two Senators have the power to choose which bills will be placed on the agenda. Since a vote on such a bill requires 60 votes, Senator Duckworth and others are seeking at least 41 senators to sign on to their letter indicating that they will oppose this bill and any like it. Right now, we need 11 more senators to sign on to the letter. You have a part to play in ensuring that these senators sign on.

Make This Letter a Reality

We need people from every state to call their Senators to ask them to sign on to this letter, but if you live in one of the following states, we believe your call will have the most impact: Florida, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, or Washington. Senators in these states have been identified as most likely to sign on, but have not yet done so.

Follow the steps below to be part of the effort to stop H.R. 620 in the Senate

  1. Look up your Senators by state.
  2. Use the contact number provided to call their office.
  3. Tell the staffer who answers the phone to ask the Senator to sign on to the "Duckworth ADA letter protecting the rights of people with disabilities." Let them know that disability rights are very important to you and that you want to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act and oppose H.R. 620.
  4. If the staffer asks for more information, you can let them know that Senator Duckworth's and Casey's offices have more information. They can also reach out to us at AFB if needed.
  5. If you have a moment, let Sarah know that you called! You can send a quick email to Sarah at

If you can convince other people in your state to call, your ask will have an amplified impact.

Thank you for being willing to call yet again to stop this bill. Every call counts!


Mark Richert
Director, Public Policy

Sarah Malaier
Coordinator, Programs and Policy

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