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H.R. 620 (115th): ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

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A bill which just passed the House would update the law for disabled Americans for modern times, say Republicans. Democrats say it would set disabled Americans’ civil rights back decades.


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, more commonly called the ADA, was a landmark law. It outlawed discrimination in employment, housing, or other areas on the basis of the applicant being disabled. It also required most businesses and buildings to accommodate disabled people, with features such as mandatory wheelchair ramps.

The law’s components were hardly controversial among Congress members at the time, passing the House 377–28 and the Senate 91–6. Yet in the decades since, most Republicans contend that provisions of the law have been exploited by anti-business lawyers to an unforeseen extent — the number …

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Ted Poe

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Jan 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 15, 2018 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


108 Cosponsors (97 Republicans, 11 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Bill to Protect Small Businesses from Frivolous Lawsuits Passes House
    — Rep. Michael Conaway [R-TX11, 2005-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 15, 2018

Congressman Hunter's March Newsletter
    — Rep. Duncan D. Hunter [R-CA50, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 5, 2018

Senator Markey Joins Coalition of Senate Democrats Vowing to Defeat House GOP-Led Effort to Curtail Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities
    — Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA] on Mar 29, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 620 will add $18 million in new spending through 2022.
Disability Network Southwest Michigan Although we support design of any training or education in regards to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we believe HR 620 is discriminatory in that it makes it harder for people with disabilities to file an ADA-based civil rights complaint. …


Jan 24, 2017

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Sep 7, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Jan 30, 2018
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Feb 15, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 620 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 620. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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