Disability Treaty Moves Forward In Senate
An international disability rights treaty won approval from a U.S. Senate committee Thursday, opening the door for the full body to vote on whether or not to ratify the measure.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 13 to 6 in favor of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Supporters now hope that the full Senate will vote on the treaty before senators leave for their August recess.
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The U.N. Convention establishes an international standard for disability rights similar to what’s already in place domestically through the Americans with Disabilities Act. The committee vote Thursday came on the 22nd anniversary of the ADA.
Despite a holdup last week sparked by concerns from some Republican lawmakers, the treaty received bipartisan support, with all of the Democrats on the panel and three Republicans voting in favor.
In order for the United States to ratify the treaty, a two-thirds majority or 67 senators would need to vote in favor of it.
Originally signed by the U.S. in 2009, some 117 countries around the word have already ratified the disability treaty, according to the U.N.