Senate Foreign Relations Committee Supports Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Last week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution of advice and consent to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, Treaty Doc. 112-7) by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 6. The Committee adopted three amendments: one stating that nothing in the CRPD addresses any particular health program or procedure, a second stating that current U.S. law “fulfills or exceeds the obligations of the convention,” and a third stating that a new Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities formed under the CRPD “has no authority to compel actions by state parties.” Visit the Committee web site to view video of the vote. The Committee vote paves the way for consideration of the Treaty by the full Senate, which will require 67 votes for ratification. The Arc continues to work with numerous other disability advocacy groups to garner support for ratifying the treaty.

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