(Image source: Foreign Policy)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS
  


A United Nations treaty advocating for the rights of people with disabilities was defeated in the U.S. Senate Tuesday after facing objections from Republicans.

Supporters of the treaty say it would simply ban discrimination against people with disabilities, and help protect disabled Americans while abroad.
 
The treaty --  already ratified by 126 other countries, including China, Saudi Arabia and Russia --  was modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act and first negotiated under President George W. Bush.

The UN proposal also brought back an old familiar face to the Senate floor -- former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, who lobbied for ratification from within the chamber.  Dole, who was disabled during World War II, appeared in the Capitol in a wheelchair.

But despite the appearance from Dole, and Republicans including John McCain and Dick Lugar throwing in support behind the measure, the treaty failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority it needed for ratification -- facing opposition from the Senate’s social conservatives.

The U.N. treaty contains just recommendations and couldn’t directly alter U.S. law in any way. Still, critics warned its passage could interfere with American sovereignty.

Though a writer for the New York Times had this to say. “So much for America’s support of a global agreement “to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights...”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza told NBC News the no-votes probably boiled down to the GOP’s aversion to the UN.

“If you vote for anything that is even perceived as granting U.N. power it’s a dangerous game for a Republican senator because the U.N. is so unpopular among the Republican base.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’d put the treaty up for debate in the next session.

Senate Rejects UN Disabilities Treaty

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Dec 4, 2012

Senate Rejects UN Disabilities Treaty

(Image source: Foreign Policy)

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS
  


A United Nations treaty advocating for the rights of people with disabilities was defeated in the U.S. Senate Tuesday after facing objections from Republicans.

Supporters of the treaty say it would simply ban discrimination against people with disabilities, and help protect disabled Americans while abroad.
 
The treaty --  already ratified by 126 other countries, including China, Saudi Arabia and Russia --  was modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act and first negotiated under President George W. Bush.

The UN proposal also brought back an old familiar face to the Senate floor -- former GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, who lobbied for ratification from within the chamber.  Dole, who was disabled during World War II, appeared in the Capitol in a wheelchair.

But despite the appearance from Dole, and Republicans including John McCain and Dick Lugar throwing in support behind the measure, the treaty failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority it needed for ratification -- facing opposition from the Senate’s social conservatives.

The U.N. treaty contains just recommendations and couldn’t directly alter U.S. law in any way. Still, critics warned its passage could interfere with American sovereignty.

Though a writer for the New York Times had this to say. “So much for America’s support of a global agreement “to promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights...”

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza told NBC News the no-votes probably boiled down to the GOP’s aversion to the UN.

“If you vote for anything that is even perceived as granting U.N. power it’s a dangerous game for a Republican senator because the U.N. is so unpopular among the Republican base.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’d put the treaty up for debate in the next session.

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