Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) spoke at a press conference yesterday (see photo) in support of the bill. He was backed by people living with disabilities, advocates, members of the employer community, and other congressional leaders. Hoyer was the lead sponsor of the original ADA, the major civil rights movement that became law in 1990.
Court decisions over the past decade have excluded individuals who should have been covered under the ADA. For people living with multiple sclerosis, medications and medical devices can give the perception that someone is fully functional. That can lead some employers to erroneously deny them their ADA protections. This bill helps to preserve those protections for poeple living with disabilities.