GOP opposition sinks UN disability rights treaty; a frail Bob Dole makes Senate appearance
By Associated Press, Published: December 4
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.
The treaty, already signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126 countries, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, states that nations should strive to assure that the disabled enjoy the same rights and fundamental freedoms as their fellow citizens. Republicans objected to taking up a treaty during the lame-duck session of the Congress and warned that the treaty could pose a threat to U.S. national sovereignty.
“I do not support the cumbersome regulations and potentially overzealous international organizations with anti-American biases that infringe upon American society,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.
He and other opponents were not swayed by support for the treaty from some of the GOP’s prominent veterans, including the 89-year-old Dole, who was disabled during World War II; Sen. John McCain, who also suffered disabling injuries in Vietnam; Sen. Dick Lugar, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee; and former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh. Eight Republicans voted to approve the treaty.
The treaty also was widely backed by the disabilities community and veterans groups.
I actually think it's all about the money for the repubs. They can get poetic about giving up sovereignty, Boo-Hoo-Hoo, with the UN bill, but the bottom line is that the Koch brothers and all those other corporate bankrollers to the GOP don't want to have to install wheelchair walkways in those sweatshops overseas. If they have to treat the disabled with respect, then what happens to those factory sweatshops? How much would they change?
Also, those "homeskooled" families are paranoid about government taking too close a look at what goes on at home all day.
That said, Santorum is the lowest of the low - not above using his own disabled daughter to try to score points on his imagined "authenticity." You know, a total scumbag.