103 Members of Congress Sign ADA Letter to Attorney General Sessions, 4 From NJ

One hundred and three members of Congress signed a CUNA/League-supported letter  submitted Wednesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to issue Web site standards for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions around the country are facing legal threats due to uncertainty with how the ADA applies to Web sites, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top advocacy priority.

"It is important for Congress to act to provide greater clarity through the legislative process," the letter reads. "However, in the meantime, it is also unfair and disruptive to subject businesses to litigation risk caused by insufficiently specific statutory language or even basic direction on compliance from the department. We respectfully urge you to help resolve this situation as soon as possible."

Led by Reps. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Lou Correa (D-Calif.), the members of Congress noted that lawsuits have increased by 14 times in the last two years due to the lack of clarity, saying that the gray area in the law is allowing bad actors to exploit a law designed to protect the disabled. 

In addition to working with Congress to get the letter sent, CUNA worked to get language added to a House appropriations bill that would call for the DOJ to clarify website accessibility standards under the ADA. 

The NJCUL asked members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation for support because several member credit unions received demand letters.

Rep’s Leonard Lance (R-7), Frank LoBiondo (R-2), Tom MacArthur (R-3) and Bill Pascrell (D-9) signed on to the letter. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) added her signature to a similar letter last October.