Give the U.S. a voice for persons with disabilities of the world

It is time for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to re-open negotiations on the U. N. Disability Treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), so the treaty can come to the Senate floor for a ratification vote.    Parties, meaning countries ratifying the CRPD, to the Convention promote, protect, and ensure the full enjoyment of human, equal rights of the world’s billion persons with disabilities    For the U.S. Senate to refuse to ratify the CRPD is denying the United States a seat at the global table when rights of nations’ persons with disabilities are being discussed.

The U. S. Senate considered ratifying the CRPD in December, 2012 and failed by only 5 votes, showing bipartisan support.    There was a falsely held skepticism by some that the Convention could possibly interfere with the U.S. Constitutionally balance of State and Federal powers.    This fear was put to rest by the recent Supreme Court Decision, United States vs. Bond.    A published statement by 4 Republican Senators, including John McCain, states the Court has made it clear that the Senate can ratify the CRPD while preserving American sovereignty and federalism.

Right now, work is being done to get CRPD out of Committee.   Help Senator Tom Harkin, write your Senators asking them to further the ratification process for the CRPD!!

Written by Kathleen O’Leary