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Senate Proceeding on Jul 22nd, 2010 :: 0:20:15 to 0:30:20
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Tom Harkin

0:20:15 to 0:30:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: states must deny the burmese the democracy it craves.

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: i yield the floor. mr. harkin: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from iowa. harass madam president, first i'd ask consent that katie mehan, abbey granted floor duration of today's session. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: madam president, i've come to the floor today and

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: we have a couple of hours now to introduce a senate resolution which is now recognizing and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the americans with disabilities act. 20 years ago the a.d.a. was a great bipartisan legislative initiative. i am pleed that this resolution also enjoys brought bipartisan support many i am

Tom Harkin

0:21:31 to 0:21:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: gra.i am grovel to all cosponsored this resolution, senator hatch, and 30 senators. i ask that they be printed in the record at this point. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. harkin: i ask if other senators who are watching would like to be added as cosporks please call the respective cloakrooms and we'll add your name to the list. right now i think we're at 32r 33 right now. madam president, the americans

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: with disabilities act signed into law july 26, 1990, has described as the emancipation proclamation for people with disabilities. the a.d.a. set four goals, four goals, for people with disabilities. equal opportunity, full participation, independent

Tom Harkin

0:22:13 to 0:22:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: living, and economic self-sufficiency. but as the chief senate sponsor of the a.d.a., i can tell you that at its heart, the a.d.a. is really very simple. in the words of one disability rights advocate, this landmark law is about sciewrgs for people with disabilities the most fundamental of rights. quote -- "the right to live in

Tom Harkin

0:22:34 to 0:22:55( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: the world." end quote. it's about ensuring that people with disabilities can go places and do things that other americans just take for granted. i'll always rember a young woman by the name of annette crawford from des moines, iowa. in 1990 she was just 14 years old. she use add wheelchair.

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: she lived with can stonts great pain but she worked and campaigned hard for passage of the americans with disabilities act. when i told her that the a.d.a. would mean better educational opportunities, pre discrimination in the workplace, better mobility, i was going through all these things that the a.d.a. would do, annette

Tom Harkin

0:23:18 to 0:23:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: said to me, those things are very important. but, you know, what i really want to do is just be able to go out and buy a pair of shoes like anybody else. well, two decades later, people with disabilities can do at that and so much -- can do that and so much more. madam president, our society is so dynamic, changes so rapidly,

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Tom Harkin: that we're often oblivious to quiet revolutions taking place in our midst. one such revolution has been unfolding for the last 20 years, since the signing of the americans with disabilities act. how soon we forget. prior to a.d.a., americans with disabilities routinely faced

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: prejudice, discrimination, and exclusion, not to mention the physical barriers to movement and access in their everyday lives. in hearings prior to passing the law in 1990, heartbreaking testimony about the obstacles and the discrimination that people with disabilities encountered every day of their lives.

Tom Harkin

0:24:22 to 0:24:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: we heard stories of americans who had to crawl on their hands and knees to go up a flight of stairs. or to gain access to a local swimming pool, who couldn't ride on a bus because there was no lift, who couldn't go to a concert or a ball game with their families because there was no accessible seating, who

Tom Harkin

0:24:43 to 0:25:04( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: couldn't even cross the street in a wheelchair because there were no curb cuts. in short, we heard thousands of stories about people who were just denied -- quote -- "the right to live in the world." madam president, the reach and the triumph of the a.d.a. revolution is all around us.

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: it's become a part of america. today streets, buildings -- just think about this. built since the passage of the a.d.a. is fully accessible. fully -- every building. sports arenas a sports arena the oer day

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: a ball game, and everything is accessible. there's seating for people where they can seat with their families, not segregated out someplace. t they can actually sit with their families. same is true in movie theaters. transportation systems -- every bus delivered in america today is fully accessibl

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Tom Harkin: has a lift. every single bus. all of our metro systems today are fully accessible. that's not all. information is offered in alternative formats so it's useable by individuals with visual or hearing impairments.

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Tom Harkin: new communications and information technologies that are being a accessible to people with disabilities continue to be developed. it's hard to imagine a time we lived in a time without closed-captioning on television. think about it i'll talk more about my brother who couldn't understand what was on tv until

Tom Harkin

0:26:31 to 0:26:52( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: we got closed-captioning. that's what i mean. new technologies, new ways of doing things are now making life so much bemplch better thanks to the employment provions in the a.d.a., many individuals with disabilities can get reasonable accommodations so they can do job. they can get assistive

Tom Harkin

0:26:53 to 0:27:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: technology, accessible work environments or more flexible work schedules. but the a.d.a. is more than accessible buildings and books that speak and traffic lights that talk to you. it's also hundreds of opportunities and hope. these changes are all around us. they're so integrated into our daily lives that sometimes it's hard to remember how the world

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: was before. but just as important, we have seen a big change in attitudes -- attitudes -- toward people with disabilities. our expectation is that we'll do what it takes to give individuals with disabilities not just physical access but equal opportunity in our schools, in our workplaces, in all areas of our economy and our

Tom Harkin

0:27:41 to 0:28:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: society. a lot -- the attitudes are so different today. a lot of it has to do also with the individuals with disabilities education act, which preceded the a.d.a. because now kids go to school, kids witkids with they grow up with kids with disabilities, so it's no big deal if they work alongside of them later on -- peement with

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: disabilityds. -- people with disabilities. so the attitude has changed on how we deal with people with disabilities in our society. perhaps that may be one of the biggest changes of all. madam president, it's important for us to rember also, with all of the political fire fights that go on around here and the

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: partisan bickering that goes on around here all the time, that we boan, it is important to rather that the passage of the a.d.a. was a bipartisan effort and a bipartisan victory. here in the senate, i worked shoulder to shoulder with senator bob dole, and others from bot we had invaluable assistance

Tom Harkin

0:28:45 to 0:29:05( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: from senator kennedy, senator hatch, who will be speaking shortly, senator mccain and others, including leaders who are no longer in this body, people like senator dave durenbger and senator lowell weicker. the final vote was 91 "yes" and only 6 "nos." mr. president -- madam president, i just mentioned

Tom Harkin

0:29:06 to 0:29:27( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: senators hatch and mccain. i also want at this point to mention the other senators currently serving here who voted for the a.d.a. conference report on july the 13th of 190. senators akaka, baucus, bingaman, cochran, conrad, dodd,

Tom Harkin

0:29:28 to 0:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: grassley, inouye, kerry, kohl, lautenberg, leahy, levin, lieberman, lugar, mcconnell, mikulski, specter, and reid of nevada. that is truly, i believe, a roll of honor. as i said, one of those who helped manage the bill when we

Tom Harkin

0:29:50 to 0:30:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: put it through back in 1990, who has always been there, helping to make sure that we did this in a bipartisan fashion, that we get the bill through, get it signed, later we worked together on the a.d.a. act amendments that we just passed three years ago and that president bush

Tom Harkin

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Tom Harkin: signed just three years ago. i couldn't -- couldn't ask for a better friend personally. but people with disabilities couldn't ask for a better friend

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