As president, Barack Obama will renew America’s leadership by making the United States a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the first human rights treaty approved by the UN in the 21st century and a vital foundation for respecting the rights of people with disabilities worldwide He will urge the U.S. Senate to ratify the Convention expeditiously.”
Never mind that former President Bush negotiated the Disability treaty, Republicans voted no on it because you know, there’s nothing they won’t vote no on in order to make Obama look bad, even when voting yes is clearly the only morally right thing to do. The Treaty basically says you can’t discriminate against the disabled and that the disabled are entitled to the same freedoms as other citizens. This shouldn’t be too difficult, especially for a Party that allegedly supports our troops, many of whom return from war disabled.
No matter, the Republicans blithely walked by 89 year old former Senator Bob Dole in his wheelchair and still voted no.
Republicans cited concerns over passing something in a lame duck session. If this had any merit, then Governor Rick Snyder’s Republican legislature in Michigan wouldn’t be shoving Right to Work legislation down Michiganders’ throats during a lame duck session, especially since their legislation was brand new (ostensibly, though modeled on the Wisconsin legislation, but new in the sense that for years Snyder has been saying he had no intention of introducing Right to Work laws), not offered for debate, and by all accounts not open to public debate.
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