Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), after being told to stuff his Law of the Sea Treaty (at least for this year), has announed he WILL pass the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by July 26, 2012. Obama signed the Treaty in 2009. Now it has to make it out of Kerry’s Committee, which is a given, and then must pass a two-thirds vote in the Senate. If Democrats, with the help of some Republicans, pull this off, it will be the “first time the U.S. has ratified a treaty that substantially impacts domestic law.”
This is a very important issue flying under the radar, and according to involved sources, after taking control of America’s disabled children, there is another treaty roaring at full speed, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – every child worldwide.
Threat to US Sovereignty heading for a vote Thursday – Tea Party Nation:
On Thursday, the US Senate Foreign Relations committee will hold a vote on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This treaty WILL pass in the committee and Senator Kerry has expressed hope that they can hold a full Senate vote by July 26th. This is a blatant attempt by the Obama administration and senior Democratic Senators to fast-track this treaty before anyone can analyze it.
Last week, during the Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on the treaty, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) expressed shock and dismay that such an important decision on American sovereignty would be pushed through without the time to do proper vetting. He and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) are strongly opposed to the treaty. They recognize and oppose dangers of placing this area of US law under the United Nations’ purview, regardless of the treaty’s worthy aspirations.
It is apparent that the Obama administration carefully chose this particular human rights treaty because it hasn’t gotten any attention in the mainstream media and until the end of May almost nobody in the US was talking about it. It is a feel-good treaty whose highest goals everyone agrees with, but it threatens aspects of US sovereignty and will open the door further to many of the other more controversial treaties. Currently this treaty has enough support from the Republicans to pass in the Senate. Even some of the more conservative Senators are supporting it. We need to slow this vote down if for no other reason than to give everyone an opportunity to carefully analyze the treaty and ensure there are no dangers to US Sovereignty.
While I’m not find much confirming information on which Republican Senators support CRPD, I understand that Senators McCain, Moran and and Barrasso plan to vote for it, and do so strongly. If I can find a list of those Republicans for and against, I’ll add it here