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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 03:11 PM

GOP walks past wheelchair-bound Bob Dole to vote against disabilities treaty [View all]

Senator Dole, 89, was recently released from Walter Reed and made a rare public appearance to push for the treaty.

It failed in a 61-38 vote. 67 votes were needed.


(Bob and Elizabeth Dole are visible on the right)

Former Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole came to the Senate floor Tuesday to make a personal appeal for lawmakers to ratify a United Nations treaty for people with disabilities.

Dole, who was in wheelchair, came to the floor shortly before senators began to vote. Accompanied by his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, he listened as Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) made a final push for the treaty. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) walked over to greet Dole, smiling and patting Dole’s back.

In a touching moment, Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), who also uses a wheelchair and has publicly urged the Senate to ratify the treaty, joined Dole at one point, holding hands with him as they talked and listened to Kerry.

“Don’t let Sen. Bob Dole down,” Kerry told senators, gesturing toward Dole.


http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/12/dole-makes-appearance-on-senate-floor-151034.html

Rachel Maddow had this to say via Facebook:
"The spectacle of Senate Republicans voting against the UN treaty on the rights of the disabled -- and walking past Bob Dole in a wheelchair on their way to do it -- should be news, real and big news."


The GOP explained their heartless vote by spouting some Alex Jones/Glenn Beck-style, black helicopter conspiracy nonsense about losing our sovereignty. Funny they had no concern for any of that when they voted for every corporate globalization "free" trade deal of the past two decades.

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