Press Release
For Immediate Release: 
December 9, 2011
Contact Info: 

Maureen Beach, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking aimed to increase opportunities for the hiring of people with disabilities, a priority issue for the disability community:

"Throughout my career, I have been a strong advocate for disability rights and have supported policies that ensure people with disabilities may more fully participate in society. Unfortunately, one of the most significant hurdles in this effort is in the area of employment. Twenty-one years after the passage of the ADA, far too many members of the disability community are disproportionately less likely to hold a job. These thoughtful and measured proposed regulations will help assure people with disabilities that within our federal contracting hiring processes, we are prioritizing their participation in the workforce. I commend Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu for their leadership on this important issue."