Several Senators indicated bi-partisan support for ratification of The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) last week – Senators Barrasso (R-WY), Coons (D-DE), Durbin (D-IL), Harkin (D-IA), McCain (R-AZ), Moran (R-KS), and Udall (D-NM). Ratification of the CRPD will allow U.S. participation at the CRPD Conference of States Parties and permit the U.S. to appoint a member of the CRPD Committee. Through these mechanisms, the U.S. can provide and influence guidance on the implementation of the treaty and lend its expertise as more countries develop their own disability rights laws. No changes to U.S. law are required by ratification.
The Arc appreciates the support of the seven Senators and is hopeful that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the full Senate will act quickly and join 112 other nations that have ratified the treaty. Sixty-seven Senators must vote in favor of the CRPD for the US to ratify the treaty.