Oregon Law Review
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1 was enacted in 1990 with considerable fanfare and support. A broad-based coalition of supporters testified in favor of the legislation before committee hearings 2 and both houses of Congress passed the legislation by wide margins. 3 President George Bush, in signing the ADA into law, described the new statute as "an historic opportunity" 4 representing "the full flowering of our democratic principles." 5
Stephen F. Befort and Holly Lindquist Thomas, The ADA in Turmoil: Judicial Dissonance, The Supreme Court's Response, and the Future of Disability Discrimination Law, 78 Or. L. Rev. 27 (1999), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/389.