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Psycho GOP kills disabilities treaty
12-04-2012, 05:06 PM
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Psycho GOP kills disabilities treaty
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) made a rare Senate appearance this morning, sitting in a wheelchair just off the floor so that members would have to see him as they entered the chamber. Why? Because they were poised to vote on ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and Dole hoped to send a message.

It didn't work. The Senate killed the treaty this afternoon, with a final vote of 61 to 38, which seems like a lopsided majority, but which fell short of the two-thirds necessary for ratification. Eight Republicans broke ranks and joined Democrats in support of the treaty, but the clear majority of the Senate GOP voted to block it.

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, for those who've forgotten, is a human rights treaty negotiated by the George H.W. Bush administration, which has been ratified by 126 nations, including China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

But most Senate Republicans saw it as a threat to American "sovereignty," even though the treaty wouldn't have required the United States to change its laws. When the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the treaty with bipartisan support in July, Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) explained the proposal simply "raises the [international] standard to our level without requiring us to go further."

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/1...ies-treaty

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12-04-2012, 06:16 PM
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For the life of me, I cannot figure out how voting for this would be 'a threat to American "sovereignty,"'.

There are some very mean, nasty people in Congress.

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12-04-2012, 07:55 PM
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Would us passing this just be for show? A way to show an united front for people with disabilities? Was this the propose of this bill? If it wouldn't make us change anything or even put us under UN laws? I really don't know enough about this and just asking.
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12-04-2012, 08:18 PM
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Just read more about it. It is an united front to push the rest of the world to raise their level of laws to help. Not sure why this is a bad thing in anyone's eyes.
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