UPDATE 7-19-12: Thursday's global agenda: Senate panel postpones markup of disabilities treaty
July 18, 2012
Liberals in the Senate are working quickly to expand UN power and diminish U.S. sovereignty while they still can. We must stop them!
Once again, they are exploiting the most vulnerable members of our society to increase UN power. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), another American sovereignty-threatening treaty, was sent to President Obama and he signed it on July 30, 2009.
The Treaty has been sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification, and liberal Senate leadership is moving quickly. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will vote on the Treaty tomorrow, July 19, 2012, and Committee Chair Senator John Kerry, a big fan of UN Treaties, announced last week that they plan to 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 tell your friends and neighbors about this new UN attempted power grab, and we need everyone to call and email your Senators, and urge them to vote AGAINST the CRPD treaty.
The American public cannot afford for the United Nations to implement regulations that will have devastating effects on every American “person, organization, or private enterprise.”
The CRPD Treaty would expand the already growing powers of the UN in the United States, undermining our national sovereignty. These new regulations are so complex that every American citizen will be impacted by their far-reaching consequences.
Worse yet, people with disabilities deserve better! Addressing disabilities issues through an international bureaucracy undermines our ability to empower families and communities to serve disabled people’s needs.
As former Senator Rick Santorum, whose young daughter Bella has severe disabilities, declared in his formal statement opposing the Treaty:
The CRPD would usurp the rights and powers of parents here in the United States to do what is best for their special-needs child by placing the law of the UN above the rights of the parents. It is the job of our elected representatives to preserve these rights, not hand them off to unaccountable international bureaucrats.
The Senate should be focused on overturning ObamaCare, which will inevitably dilute services available to disabled Americans, and cutting wasteful government spending and burdensome regulations so families and communities will have better resources to care for those who most need help — not expanding ineffective international bureaucracies that diminish U.S. sovereignty!
The CRPD Treaty will:
- Exceed the bounds of the Americans with Disabilities Act and eliminate any remaining state sovereignty on the issue of disability law.
- Demand that all American law on this subject conform to UN standards.
- Force “every person, organization, or private enterprise” to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. This would put impossible burdens and expenses onto private citizens, as they could be held in violation of the treaty if their private property is not fully accessible to persons with disabilities, even if they do not know any persons with disabilities.
- Give the UN the power to determine the legitimacy and lawfulness of the United States’ budgets to assess compliance with such treaties.
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 (CRPD) 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 tomorrow’s Committee vote.