Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Langevin Gavels in House Session, Honors ADA Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC - "Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), who is quadriplegic, presided over the US House of Representatives for the first time today. The Speaker’s rostrum on the House Floor has just been made wheelchair-accessible. This historic event coincided with the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“I have long said that I may be the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress, but I won’t be the last,” said Langevin, a five-term representative from Rhode Island and co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. “Today, we celebrated another major step in continuing efforts to make the Capitol Complex accessible when I presided over the US House of Representatives. This was an extremely proud moment for me and helped to renew my spirit as we continue to remove barriers and strengthen the ADA for millions of Americans with disabilities in the decades to come.”

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