Senator Harkin Introduces Bills to Promote Access to Housing, Transportation, and Exercise and Fitness Services

Last week, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced three bills as part of his “Access for All” agenda to help people with disabilities achieve economic independence and reach the middle class. The “Universal Home Design Act” (S. 2889) would seek to increase the availability of accessible housing for people with disabilities by requiring certain accessibility features for single family homes and townhouses built or purchased with federal financial assistance. The bill was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The “Accessible Transportation for All Act” (S. 2887) would seek to expand access to accessible taxi services and ban discrimination based on disability by taxi companies and drivers. The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance. The “Exercise and Fitness for All Act” (S. 2888) would encourage exercise and fitness service providers to provide exercise and fitness equipment that is accessible to people with disabilities. The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance.

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