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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:00 PM

Kerry Laments Rejection Of Disabilities Treaty

Kerry Laments Rejection Of Disabilities Treaty

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on Tuesday lamented the death of a United Nations treaty aimed at securing rights for disabled people around the world, which failed to garner a two-thirds vote required for ratification due largely in part to Republican opposition.

“This is one of the saddest days I’ve seen in almost 28 years in the Senate and it needs to be a wakeup call about a broken institution that's letting down the American people,” said Sen. Kerry. “We need to fix this place because what happens and doesn’t happen here affects millions of lives. Today the dysfunction hurt veterans and the disabled and that’s unacceptable. This treaty was supported by every veterans group in America and Bob Dole made an inspiring and courageous personal journey back to the Senate to fight for it. It had bipartisan support, and it had the facts on its side, and yet for one ugly vote, none of that seemed to matter."

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/kerry-laments-rejection-of-disabilities-treaty

The 38 Republican Senators who voted against the treaty for disabled rights
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021926064

Senate Republicans reach new low in rejecting UN treaty on rights of disabled
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/04/1167170/-Senate-Republicans-reach-new-low-in-rejecting-UN-treaty-on-rights-of-nbsp-disabled


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ProSense Dec 2012 OP
santamargarita Dec 2012 #1
ProSense Dec 2012 #3
santamargarita Dec 2012 #6
EC Dec 2012 #2
underpants Dec 2012 #4
pampango Dec 2012 #5
politicasista Dec 2012 #7

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:17 PM

1. Don't Republicans realize how ugly and despised they are?

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Response to santamargarita (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:22 PM

3. Evidentlyt, there are still more people to convince,

and they're not going to stop until everyone sees them as a blight on humanity.

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Response to ProSense (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:05 PM

6. That's well said! They're a boil on the ass of America

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:20 PM

2. How could they not have enough votes to pass

it if there were only 38 repub votes against it? Did some dems vote against it?

on edit: Nevermind


I see you need 67 votes to pass

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:27 PM

4. They voted "Aye" from their seats in honor of Dole

Several members took the unusual step of voting aye while seated at their desks, out of respect for Mr. Dole, 89, a Republican who was the majority leader
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/us/despite-doles-wish-gop-rejects-disabilities-treaty.html?_r=0

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:40 PM

5. Fear of One World Government (the UN is the closest thing) is old news on the right.

A few repubs might actually support laws like the ADA but they fear (or pander to those who do) "foreigners telling us what to do", preferring that our own corporate-controlled government have the sole right to do that.

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