Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

"Here in the Senate, with all the world's eyes watching, we can tomorrow approve the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and keep faith with the best of America's tradition of leadership in the world when it comes to empowering people living with disabilities, wherever they live."--John Kerry.

Please take a few minutes to read the blog by Sen. John Kerry on Huffington Post regarding tomorrow's scheduled vote on the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Sen. Hagan voted to move forward with the Tuesday vote. Sen. Burr opposed moving forward with a "nay" vote.


Disability Treaty goes down due to GOP opposition

WASHINGTON -- Led by Republican opposition, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled that is modeled after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

With 38 Republicans casting "no" votes, the 61-38 vote fell five short of the two-thirds majority needed to ratify a treaty. The vote took place in an unusually solemn atmosphere, with senators sitting at their desks rather than milling around the podium. Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, looking frail and in a wheelchair, was in the chamber to support the treaty.

from Huffington Post an hour ago

Martha Brock

Rachel Maddow's take on the vote on the Disability Treaty

The spectacle of Senate Republicans voting against the UN treaty on the rights of the disabled -- and walking past Bob Dole in a wheelchair on their way to do it -- should be news, real and big news.

-Rachel Maddow on her blog today.

All 38 votes against were from Republican members of the US Senate.

Martha Brock

This is the kind of thing that really highlights the

typical GOP-ers attitude of "I got mine, screw everybody else." Nice of Dole to make the effort ... The treaty didn't pass, but he did succeed in making the R's in the Senate look like heartless bastards.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Richard Burr brags about vote on Disability Treaty

From Senator Burr's comments in his newsletter on the UN Treaty

On Tuesday, I voted against a treaty that would have jeopardized U.S. sovereignty and the ability of American families to make decisions on their own regarding what is best for them and their family members. The stated goal of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Treaty was to protect the rights of the disabled, but in reality it would have done nothing to strengthen existing laws and protections and would have had the adverse effect of opening up our laws to international inspection and review from countries such as Cuba, China, and Syria among others. America is already a beacon to the rest of the world when it comes to caring for citizens with disabilities, why would we allow nations with such abysmal human rights records to have a say in how we care for our own disabled citizens?

I strongly support the rights and protections of disabled American citizens, and I am proud that our nation has strong laws in place to advance the cause of the disabled. During my time in Congress, I have supported – and participated in authoring – laws and programs that make a real difference in the everyday lives of the disabled, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act. The United States is a world leader when it comes to care for our disabled citizens, and we do not need to ratify a treaty that jeopardizes our sovereignty to prove that. The best thing we can do is continue to be the gold standard for protecting the rights of those with disabilities and let our example serve to influence other nations to do the right thing as well.

Martha Brock