Hoyer Statement on the Passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver:
"The world mourns a great loss today with the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She was a tireless advocate for millions of people worldwide with intellectual disabilities. Her lifelong work enhanced their lives, and her efforts to promote acceptance have improved our society by fundamentally changing our understanding and increasing our knowledge.
"Eunice Kennedy Shriver will long be remembered for founding the Special Olympics, a movement that showcases and celebrates the abilities and talents of those with intellectual disabilities. This program, through her efforts, has done more to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect than anything before.
"Her legacy lives on through the countless individuals who are able to lead the full, productive lives that everyone has a right to. My thoughts are with her family and friends, and hope they are comforted by the fact that we all join them in celebrating a life that touched so many."
Congressman Steny Hoyer represents Maryland's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Hoyer shepherded the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to overwhelming approval in the House in 1990. This landmark civil rights legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, has helped millions of disabled Americans enter the workforce, achieve independence and go as far as their talents take them. In 2008, Congressman Hoyer also led the effort to pass the ADA Amendments Act, which allows millions of Americans with disabilities to benefit from the ADA's original intent of inclusion Official Steny Hoyer Website He was one of the co-sponsors of the Special Olympics Sports and Empowerment Act. Official Steny Hoyer Website