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TRAVEL PROBLEMS OF THE HANDICAPPED

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HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON
COMMERCE, TRANSPORTATION, AND

TOURISM

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

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

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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
CARDISS COLLINS, Illinois

HOWARD C. NIELSON, Utah
MIKE SYNAR, Oklahoma
W. J. "BILLY” TAUZIN, Louisiana
RON WYDEN, Oregon
RALPH M. HALL, Texas
DENNIS E. ECKART, Ohio
WAYNE DOWDY, Mississippi
BILL RICHARDSON, New Mexico
JIM SLATTERY, Kansas
GERRY SIKORSKI, Minnesota
JOHN BRYANT, Texas
JIM BATES, California

FRANK M. POTTER, Jr., Chief Counsel and Staff Director
SHARON E. Davis, Chief Clerk/Administrative Assistant

Donald A. Watt, Printing Editor
ARNOLD I. HAVENS, Minority Counsel

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
JANE STARK, Associate Minority Counsel

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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.

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