Capitol Correspondence - 07.23.18

Senator Duckworth Also Reacts to ACL Official’s Comments on Olmstead

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Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a letter to the Administration on Community Living (ACL) also seeking clarification on comments made by Principal Deputy Director and Acting Commissioner on Disabilities Mary Lazare. ANCOR reported on the comments last week, when Principal Deputy Director Lazare’s caused concern among advocates in the disability community and in the House of Representatives.

Senator Duckworth’s letter reads:

“I ask that you clarify your statements and positions on these reported remarks and the Olmstead decision. As reported, your remarks were disturbing, create distrust, and raise serious questions regarding your ability to effectively serve in your current position. The disability community has worked tirelessly to secure full inclusion, consistent with bipartisan Federal laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and deserves an Acting Commissioner on Disabilities who shares a commitment on achieving those goals.”

The letter also expresses concerns at reports that Principal Deputy Director Lazare supports re-opening the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule. Finally, the letter requests that the Principal Deputy Director meet with Senator Duckworth to discuss these issues.