Senate rejects international disabilities treaty. Huh?

December 28, 2012

In a year where Congress has not exactly been the impressive body we all hoped for, it is puzzling to say the least that the Senate rejected an international treaty promoting the rights of people with disabilities. A treaty, by the way, that the administration of former President George W. Bush helped negotiate, which made the landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act a model for nations across the globe. Apparently, enough of our elected officials felt that this international treaty would somehow violate U.S. sovereignty because it would be overseen by the United Nations.

So let’s see… we set the standard for disability rights that form the basis of this international treaty and then we reject it and effectively do not endorse it for the rest of the world. Bewildering to say the least.

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