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November 27, 2012

UPDATE from Michael Farris: “Preliminary vote on the UN CRPD gives both hope and targets for more calls

Today the Senate took a preliminary vote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was on a “Motion to Proceed” which means that the Senate gave permission to begin debate to the treaty. As is often the case, this was a preliminary vote which tells us a great deal about the vote for final passage.

The vote was 61 to 36. Three Senators did not vote.

Every Democratic senator voted for the treaty—Blumenthal (D-CT) was absent and not voting.

The Republicans supplied several “Yes” votes for the Obama Administration on giving the UN some authority over America’s policies for disabled adults and children. The GOP senators supporting Obama’s UN push were: Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME). Hatch was the biggest surprise in this group. Barrasso was a huge disappointment because of his supposedly conservative stance on issues, but his defection has been known for some time.

A good surprise was the Moran (R-KS) voted against the CRPD on this preliminary matter. Roberts (R-KS) and Kirk (R-IL) were absent.

I urge you all to send an EMAIL of thanks to the Republicans who voted against the CRPD. If your Senator is a Republican he voted against the CRPD unless mentioned specifically here.

I urge you all to call all of the other Senators yet again for their preliminary votes and urge them to change their mind and support the principle that Americans should make the law for America. While it is unlikely that Democrats will change their minds—they need to know that there is a price to pay for attacking American parents and giving away American self-government. Answering a couple more days of phone calls is a small price to pay for their decision to vote for the UN position.
Senator Reid has not yet filed the motion needed to take this bill to the next vote which will be for cloture. Thus, there will be two more votes before the treaty can be ratified. We do not know the timetable yet. Some delay til Thursday or Friday is likely.

We absolutely have to keep the pressure on.

But it is very important that you all send emails of thanks to the 36. The opposition will be urging their people to pour on the calls to these 36 hoping to move just two.

If we can keep at least 34, the treaty will be defeated.

Shore up the good guys with emails. Call the others to account with phone calls. Try calling their local offices for a change of pace.

Thanks so much. You are making a difference. The Senate leadership promised that this treaty would be ratified by July 26. Your calls are the reason we are still in the fight.

They need to change two votes to win. We need to keep up our defense of freedom because no one else will.”

*photo credit: Will Estrada

I’ve written about this issue before, but the UN CRPD is rearing it’s ugly head again! Sen. Reid intends to bring up this UN treaty for ratification on Wednesday.  Yes, they are trying once again to pass this  during a lame duck session.  We must meet them with the same resolve that we did before. The photo above is from a press conference held by Michael Farris, Rick Santorum, and Senator Mike Lee yesterday. I am so thankful for their leadership in taking a stand against this. PLEASE call your senators NOW and urge them to oppose this dangerous treaty.

Any advocacy groups that promote the UN CRPD are being sold a bill of goods. I called the Disabled American Veterans and the Spina Bifida Association. I spoke to their representatives and  asked what they knew about the treaty. Neither of them had read the treaty at all and were shocked when I told them what was in it.

I am thankful that Joni and Friends, one of the largest advocacy groups for the disabled has voiced strong opposition to UN CRPD. As a result, close to 10,000 family members of disabled people have signed a petition to oppose this treaty.   I know a lot of parents of disabled children who are opposed to UN CRPD because of its threat to parental rights.  I also know many veterans opposed to it because of its threat to US sovereignty. There are three different petitions you can sign that will be presented to senators today. If you are a veteran or family member of a disabled person in opposition to UN CRPD, please sign these petitions today.

Time is short! Phone calls must be made today! Please call senators from your home state first. Go here to find the number for your state’s Senators. Then take time to call other senators. There is an urgent need to call both Kansas senators ( Sen Pat Roberts: 202-224-4774 and Sen Jerry Moran: 202-224-6521), Senator Barasso from Wyoming (202-224-6441), Senator McCain from Arizona (202 224-2235) and others who seem to not have gotten the message yet that they need to oppose UN CRPD!


By: Donna Mauney

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