July 16, 2012
Congratulations! Because of grassroots activists like you, reports are now indicating that chances are low that liberals in the Senate will have enough votes to pass the Law of the Sea treaty (LOST). This article lists 30 Senators who signed onto Senator Jim DeMint’s letter declaring they will oppose the Treaty, and since the article was published Senator Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia announced their opposition, and just today Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio issued a press release announcing their opposition.
But opponents of U.S. sovereignty are not resting, and we can’t either!
Once liberals in the Senate realized LOST was probably dead, they dusted off another Treaty that President Obama signed and sent to the Senate for ratification, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). We issued this alert on CRPD last week when the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing on the Treaty.
Senate liberals are determined to expand UN power through whatever vehicle they can, and they have to act now before liberal Republican Richard Lugar, who consistently votes for UN Treaties, leaves the Senate, and presumably, Republican numbers increase next year. Shamefully, these liberals are continuing their pattern of exploiting the most vulnerable members of our society to justify their power grabs, this time using persons with disabilities, just as they tried and failed using women through the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Last week Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a big fan of the United Nations, announced that he will hold a Committee vote on CRPD this Thursday, July 19, 2012, and declared that the Senate will pass the Treaty by July 26th. This is an unprecedented attempt to jam a binding international treaty through the Senate without proper time for debate or consideration. We must not let it happen!
We need you to call both of your Senators and tell them to vote NO on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or any other Treaty that comes to the Senate floor this year.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
If you live in a state represented by one of the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee listed below, please especially urge him or her to vote NO in Thursday’s Committee vote.
Benjamin L. Cardin
Robert P. Casey, Jr.
Richard J. Durbin
James E. Risch
James M. Inhofe