In a New Low, Speaker Vos Uses Rep. Anderson’s Disability to Consolidate More Power

MADISON — Today, after months of failing to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and rejecting the requests of Representative Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) for reasonable accommodations, Speaker Vos and the Assembly GOP leadership continued to treat his disability as a political football with their surprise rules package. Not only did they fail to grant his requests and continue to ignore ADA requirements, but they included several rule changes to expand their own power, including allowing themselves unlimited attempts to override bills that the Governor vetoes.

After immense backlash from Rep. Anderson and other Assembly Democrats, Republicans tried to save face by removing three of the more egregious rule changes from the package and including them in a separate resolution. But the existing resolution with Rep. Anderson’s half-hearted accommodations still included blatant attempts to weaken Democrats’ power, forcing all Democrats to vote against it.

Rep. Taylor issued the following statement:

“Republican Representatives are engaging in cruel political games, rolling Rep. Anderson’s need for accommodations, which they have refused to grant for months in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, into a proposal which once again expands their power. Specifically, the Republicans’ ability to repeatedly attempt to override the Governor’s veto during any scheduled floor session, potentially with little notice, continues to discriminate against Rep. Anderson.”

“The message they are sending to individuals with disabilities in our state and nation is that they intend to make it as hard and painful as possible for individuals with disabilities to run for and hold elected office. No low is too low for Robin Vos.”

“Rather than work to take up the issues people of this state care the most about like affordable, accessible health care, gun safety reforms, and addressing climate change, Robin Vos just wants to play cruel political games that hurt people with disabilities.”