On October 10, 2013, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a briefing for disability and veterans service organizations on upcoming hearings, October 22 and 31, on the Convention on the Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD). Chairman Menendez emphasized the need of a significant push from veterans grass roots to secure enough Senate Republican votes to pass the CRPD.
The U.S. International Council on Disability and Leadership Conference for Civil Rights joined the call for pushing the Senate to pass this treaty. Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will bring it up for a vote only if the votes are 100 percent secure. The 2012 vote failed due to a widespread campaign of misinformation, and it was a defeat for the disability community.
The CRPD is a human rights treaty that promotes the ideals of the Americans with Disabilities Act around the world, identifying the obligations of participating countries to ensure the rights of people with disabilities. To date, 156 nations have signed the treaty, including the United States, and 128 nations have ratified it. Ratification requires no change in U.S. law, and does not grant the U.N. any enforcement or implementation authority. It is not a self-executing treaty, i.e., there is no enforcement in the U.S. without Congressional authorization.
Target Senators include: Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Boozeman (R-AR), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Saxby Chamblis (R-GA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Bob Corker (R-TN), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Johnny Issackson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Rob Portman (R-OH). Please call, and email your Senators and ask them to support passage of the Convention on the Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD). If you have question please contact Lee Page, Associate Advocacy Director at 202-416-7694, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the CRPD