Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Defeated in the Senate

The Senate vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) fell short of the 66 needed – two thirds of Senators who voted ( Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) was absent).  Former Senator Bob Dole, a champion of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was present on the Senate floor and urged his fellow Republicans to vote in favor of the CRPD.   Unfortunately, his plea, along with the strong support of several Republican Senators and policy leaders and the disability community, was not enough to overcome the unfounded fears raised by the opposition.  The final vote was 61-38.

Action Alert: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

With Congress’ return next week, there is a possibility that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) could come to the Senate for approval. Sixty votes would be needed for approval. The Arc and other advocates have been working hard to educate Senators about what the treaty would mean for the US. Ratification of the treaty would reinforce the leadership role our country plays in disability rights. Ratification would require no change to any of our existing laws. Contact your Senators and urge them to vote YES on the CRPD.

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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.

Senate hearing to vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was rescheduled for July 26

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s vote on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was cancelled and tentatively rescheduled for July 26th. A group that supports home schooling has been successful in raising concerns about the CRPD. However, their concerns appear to be based on a misreading of the treaty. During the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on July 12, Senators were assured that the treaty would not impact parental rights. The Arc continues to work with numerous other disability advocacy groups to garner support for ratifying the treaty.

Senate holds hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). A video of the hearing was archived. The committee will again consider and vote on the CRPD on July 19. The Arc continues to work with others to educate all Senators about the importance of the CRPD and urge its ratification.

Voice your support for the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Thursday, July 12, at 9:00 a.m. in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50.  Please attend this important hearing, if possible.

It is vital that Americans with and without disabilities make support for the CRPD heard in the Senate.  Follow one of the links below to sign on as an individual or for your organization.

Senate to hold hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, scheduled a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for July 12. The White House submitted a treaty package requesting the advice and consent of the Senate for ratification of the CRPD on May 17. If the committee approves the CRPD, it will need 67 votes to pass in the full Senate. The Arc continues to work with others to educate all Senators about the CRPD and urge its ratification.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sent to Senate

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been transmitted from the White House to the Senate for its advice and consent. Due to the Senate procedure for treaties, the treaty documents have not yet been made public. Neither the White House nor the Senate can release the documents until the Senate completes the transmittal process. When that happens, The Arc and coalition partners will immediately review them. We anticipate this process will move quickly.