Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Foreign Relations Committee Approves UN Disabilities Treaty: Action Needed to Oppose Ratification by Full Senate


This morning, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12-6 to approve the dangerous UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Every Democrat on the committee voted for the treaty. Republican senators John McCain (AZ) and John Barrasso (WY) also voted in favor of it.

HSLDA extends our sincere thanks to the senators who voted against the CRPD: Bob Corker (TN), Jim Risch (ID), Marco Rubio (FL), Ron Johnson (WI), Jeff Flake (AZ), and Rand Paul (KY). Please call or email their offices and thank them for standing against the UN, and for U.S. sovereignty and parental rights.

Ongoing Battle


This battle now moves to the full Senate where a vote on the treaty before the August recess appears unlikely. We are hearing rumors that a vote could come up after Labor Day or even during a lame-duck session following Election Day.

We are heartened that both Senator Menendez and Senator McCain admitted publicly that they do not have the votes to ratify the treaty at this time.

The only reason why they do not currently have the votes is because of you. It is imperative that your senators keep hearing from you. Our friends on the Hill tell us that supporters of the treaty are calling and emailing in high numbers. Our elected senators need to hear from we, the people, that this UN treaty must be rejected.

Send a Strong Message


Please call and email your senators and urge them to reject the UNCRPD.

You can reach your senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You can also use HSLDA’s emailing tool to send a prewritten letter to your senators by filling out your information and then clicking the red “take action” button.

Your message can be as simple as the following: