island is recognized for five minutes. mr. langevin: mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to the language included in the f.y. 2013 that strips the justice department's ability to prohibit funding for swimming pools, an amendment that was discussed earlier this evening. as co-chair of the disabilities caucus and a person who has lived a disability by over 30 years, i'm more surprised some see such language included in an appropriations bill. in 2010, the department of justice issued regulations requiring public and commercial pools be made accessible by a ramp or fixed ramp. this was to break down barriers to recreational barriers. i understand some businesses believe that meeting these new requirements would impose an cost burden and i would like to dispell misunderstandings. the justice department's regulations require existing pool facilities to satisfy the accessibility standard if it is and i quote, readily achievable, which means it is easily accomplished and able to be carried out without much difficult or expense. this has been the governing legal principle of the a.d.a.
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