There are some Republicans in the Senate once again who are proving how out of touch they are with the majority of the American people. When you have two long-time veterans former President George H W Bush and former Senator Bob Dole pushing this treaty, hard headed, obstinate Senate Republicans rose to the occasion to block the treaty with 38 voting no. The United Nations has been around since 1945 and we are still hearing they want to take over the United States. Note to Republican Leadership: That rhetoric doesn't fly anymore with most US citizens, but it works wonders with the hard right who repeat your rhetoric.
Senators McCain, Barraso, and Brown, Lugar along with all the Republican women in the Senate, Ayotte, Collins, Murkowski, and Snowe voted yes standing up for the rights of the disabled. Would more Senators have voted yes if a Republican was in the White House when this treaty was signed? That seems to be the problem with a lot of GOP Senators and members of the House -- they don't control the White House so they don't want to play ball. Shocked Boehner didn't weigh in like he did on the new rules for filibuster for the Senate.
Hard right may have scored another victory, but the Country loses which they don't seem to care about as long as they get their way. It is going to catch up with them as more and more Republicans who are center right are waking up to the fact the GOP has gone hard Libertarian right. Don't even agree with those people 80% or 50% of the time.
Senate rejects treaty to protect disabled around the worldBy ,
Dec 04, 2012 05:47 PM EST
The Senate has failed to ratify an international treaty intended to protect the rights of those with disabilities, as a bloc of conservatives opposed the treaty believing it could interfere with U.S. law.
The Senate voted 61 to 38 to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, a tally that fell short of the two-thirds needed to sign on to an international treaty.
The 2006 treaty, which forbids discrimination of the disabled, has enjoyed bipartisan support. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the treaty would encourage other nations to develop the kind of protections the United States adopted 22 years ago with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The international treaty’s thrust, he said, was a message: “Be more like us.”
But the treaty has split Republicans. Among its most vocal supporters were Republican war veterans, including President George H.W. Bush and former senator Bob Dole, who was injured in World War II and made a rare return to the Senate floor Tuesday to observe the vote and lend his stature.
Other conservatives were deeply suspicious of the United Nations, which would oversee treaty obligations. Those who opposed the treaty included former senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, the father of a developmentally disabled child who had traveled to Capitol Hill last week to encourage fellow Republicans to vote no.
He and other conservatives argued that the treaty could relinquish U.S. sovereignty to a U.N. committee charged with overseeing a ban on discrimination and determining how the disabled, including children, should be treated. They particularly worried that the committee could violate the rights of parents who choose to home school their disabled children.
Read More at the Washington PostWho voted NO?
The usual suspects mostly from red states: