Dem rep: I may not have made it to Congress without Bush signing ADA

Rep. Jim LangevinJames (Jim) R. LangevinFederal agencies ordered to patch hundreds of vulnerabilities Lawmakers praise upcoming establishment of cyber bureau at State Federal first responders deserve the retirement we promised them MORE (D-R.I.), the first quadriplegic member of Congress, praised former President George H.W. Bush on Tuesday for signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law and creating additional opportunities for people with disabilities.

"President Bush clearly recognized that disabilities don’t discriminate on the basis of political party, or race or income status, that disabilities have a unique ability to unite us, and that’s exactly what President Bush did," Lagevin said on CNN, crediting the 41st president with uniting lawmakers from both parties to pass the legislation in 1990.


Langevin was paralyzed in an accidental shooting in 1980. He said he personally observed the difference in opportunities and accessibility for those with disabilities before and after the ADA was enacted.

"I know what the world was like before the ADA was passed, and many closed doors and opportunities that I could not pursue," the congressman said. "And then after the ADA was enacted, the world did change over time, and more doors are open."

Langevin, who joined the House in 2001, said he met George H.W. Bush at an Oval Office ceremony in 2008, and told the former president that he may not have been elected to Congress had he not signed the ADA into law.

Bush died Friday at his home in Houston at age 94. Thousands of mourners, including current and former lawmakers and government officials, have flocked to the Capitol to pay their respects to Bush while his remains lie in state through Wednesday morning.

President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE declared a national day of mourning for Wednesday, when a service will be held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Bush's remains will then be transported back to Houston for a funeral service there. He will be buried at his presidential library and museum at Texas A&M University.