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COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
DECEMBER 5, 1983
Serial No. 98-103
Printed for the use of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S: GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1984
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan, Chairman JAMES H. SCHEUER, New York
JAMES T. BROYHILL, North Carolina RICHARD L. OTTINGER, New York
NORMAN F. LENT, New York HENRY A. WAXMAN, California
EDWARD R. MADIGAN, Illinois TIMOTHY E. WIRTH, Colorado
CARLOS J. MOORHEAD, California PHILIP R. SHARP, Indiana
MATTHEW J. RINALDO, New Jersey JAMES J. FLORIO, New Jersey
TOM CORCORAN, Illinois EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts WILLIAM E. DANNEMEYER, California THOMAS A. LUKEN, Ohio
BOB WHITTAKER, Kansas DOUG WALGREN, Pennsylvania
THOMAS J. TAUKE, Iowa ALBERT GORE, JR., Tennessee
DON RITTER, Pennsylvania BARBARA A. MIKULSKI, Maryland
DAN COATS, Indiana AL SWIFT, Washington
THOMAS J. BLILEY, JR., Virginia MICKEY LELAND, Texas
JACK FIELDS, Texas RICHARD C. SHELBY, Alabama
MICHAEL G. OXLEY, Ohio
HOWARD C. NIELSON, Utah
FRANK M. POTTER, Jr., Chief Counsel and Staff Director
Donald A. Watt, Printing Editor
SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, TRANSPORTATION, AND TOURISM
JAMES J. FLORIO, New Jersey, Chairman BARBARA A. MIKULSKI, Maryland
NORMAN F. LENT, New York W. J. "BILLY” TAUZIN, Louisiana
DON RITTER, Pennsylvania DENNIS E. ECKART, Ohio
JAMES T. BROYHILL, North Carolina WAYNE DOWDY, Mississippi
(Ex Officio) BILL RICHARDSON, New Mexico JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan (Ex Officio)
GREGORY E. LAWLER, Staff Director
M. BRUCE GWINN, Counsel
Beckman, R. Bruce, president, National Tour Association ..............
TRAVEL PROBLEMS OF THE HANDICAPPED
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1983
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, TRANSPORTATION, AND TOURISM,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 2 p.m., in room 2123, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. James J. Florio (chairman) presiding.
Mr. FLORIO. The subcommittee will come to order. We have been asked by the other members who plan to be here to start the procedures, and they will join us as soon as they are able to be with us.
I would like to welcome you all to this afternoon's hearing on travel problems of the handicapped.
At the outset, I would like to recognize-I saw in the audience our former colleague, former Congressman Santini, who was someone we all looked to for guidance on topics concerning tourism, and who has been very helpful to this committee before he was a member of the subcommittee, and since joining the private sector and is one of the supporters of the very concept of having these hearings, so I would like to welcome former Congressman Santini here as well as everyone else who is in attendance.
National surveys indicate that over 60 percent of all people in the United States take at least one trip of 100 miles or more each year. Yet for various reasons, handicapped Americans travel far less than other people in our country.
Some of the barriers inhibiting travel by the handicapped may be insurmountable. Others, with a little effort, may be easily overcome.
That is what these hearings are designed to look at, what they are designed to deal with.
These hearings are intended to learn more about the nature of barriers to travel by the handicapped and to evaluate the effectiveness of Federal policy in overcoming these barriers.
We have witnesses representing the administration, a number of handicapped groups and the travel industry itself. We look forward to hearing their testimony about this important issue.
I would like to express my appreciation and recognize the gentleman from New York, Mr. Lent.
Mr. LENT. Thank you very much.
I would like to commend the chairman for his initiative in conducting the hearing today. This is an issue of great concern to a very large number of disabled Americans.