[fcb-l] UPDATE ON H.R. 3101 - PASSED IN THE HOUSE
badddman at bellsouth.net
Wed Jul 28 22:31:04 GMT 2010
Hi all. Please read the following from Eric Bridges of the ACB National
Office that was circulated yesterday. Contact him ASAP if you have any
questions and feel free to forward this to everyone you know.
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 13:04:44 -0400
From: "Eric Bridges" <ebridges at acb.org>
To: <leadership at acb.org>, <announce at acb.org>
Subject: [announce] H.R.3101 Passes Through the House by Overwhelming
Yesterday was quite a day on Capitol Hill!
On the 20th anniversary of the signing of the ADA, the U.S. House of
Representatives passed H.R.3101, The Twenty-First Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act. The bill passed by a 348-23 vote. This represents
resounding bipartisan support.
ACB as a steering committee member of the Coalition of Organizations for
Accessible Technology (COAT) wishes to express our sincere appreciation for
the tireless advocacy of Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) through this long
and difficult process. The blind and deaf-blind communities have a staunch
advocate in Rep. Markey.
It is also quite appropriate to express our thanks to the Chairman of the
House Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Waxman (D-CA) for the critical
role he played in working with COAT and the Republicans on his committee so
that 3101 could be bipartisan. Thank you also to the Ranking Member of the
Energy and Commerce Committee, Joe Barton (R-TX) and Rep. Cliff Stearns
(R-FL) for their willingness to work in a bipartisan way. As many of you
know, bipartisanship in Congress is a very rare occurrence these days.
So now we have two bills in the Senate. The goal is to have the Senate pass
H.R.3101 because it is a stronger more consumer focused bill than S.3304.
Please call your senators and urge them to communicate with Majority Leader
Reid if Democrats or Minority Leader McConnell if Republicans, that 3101 is
the one bill of the two that provides for future accessibility to
telecommunications and video programming technology.
To contact your senator please visit
or call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Let me know if you have questions or concerns. We have clear momentum right
now and the prospect of getting 3101 signed in to law has never been better.
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