UPDATE: The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved CRPD on July 22nd by a vote of 12-6. The treaty will advance to the full Senate, where it needs to receive a two-thirds vote for ratification.

Tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
— NO on Giving the UN More Power

July 18, 2014

United States Senate Committee_on Foreign RelationsBad ideas never die. On Tuesday, July 22nd, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a business meeting on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Senate rejected the treaty in 2012, but liberals and globalists are intent on ratifying it and subjecting American laws to international bureaucrats.

Two years may have passed, but CRPD is as awful today as it was then. Among its defects, the treaty would:

  • Exceed the bounds of the Americans with Disabilities Act and eliminate any remaining state sovereignty on the issue of disability law.
  • Demand that all American law on this subject conform to UN standards. 
  • Force “every person, organization, or private enterprise” to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. This imposes impossible burdens and expenses onto private citizens, as they can be held in violation of the treaty if their private property is not fully accessible to persons with disabilities, even if they do not know any persons with disabilities. 
  • Give the UN the power to determine the legitimacy and lawfulness of the United States’ budgets to assess compliance with such treaties.

Most egregiously, its backers say that CRPD would not change America’s treatment of the disabled at all! CRPD is not about disabled Americans – it is about eroding sovereignty at the national, state, and local levels.

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If one of your senators sits on the Committee on Foreign Relations, please call and email them today! Tell them to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Their names and office numbers are below:

  • Robert Menendez (D-NJ) – (202)-224-4744
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA) – (202)-224-3553
  • Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) (202)-224-4524
  • Jeanne Shaheen – (D-NH) (202)-224-2841
  • Christopher A. Coons (D-DE) (202)-224-5042
  • Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) (202)-224-2152
  • Tom Udall (D-NM) (202)-224-6621
  • Christopher Murphy (D-CT) (202)-224-4041
  • Tim Kaine (D-VA) (202)-224-4024
  • Edward J. Markey (D-MA) (202)-224-2742
  • Bob Corker (R-TN) (202)-224-3344
  • James E. Risch (R-ID) (202)-224-2752
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) (202)-224-3041
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI) (202)-224-5323
  • Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (202)-224-4521
  • John McCain (R-AZ) (202)-224-2235
  • John Barrasso (R-WY) (202)-224-6441
  • Rand Paul (R-KY) (202)-224-4343

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Message Foreign Relations (US Senate)

We urge you to oppose the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The CRPD does not help disabled Americans. Instead, it hands authority over U.S. laws to international bureaucrats.

The provisions of the CRPD make it especially dangerous to American sovereignty and liberties. States and localities would have their laws swept away if they did not conform to the treaty. Huge costs would be imposed on individuals and businesses. Finally, the CRPD would enable the United Nations to meddle in American politics in the name of compliance.

The Americans with Disabilities Act helps our disabled citizens. The CRPD does not, and ratifying it would come at a huge cost. Please vote NO on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.