Congress | Conservative groups rise to oppose a controversial international disabilities treaty that could become the ‘supreme law of the land’
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 11/27/12, 02:21 pm
WASHINGTON—With the country 35 days away from plunging off the fiscal cliff, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced his intention to bring a controversial United Nations disabilities treaty up for a vote this week.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has drawn a host of opposition from conservative groups, but Reid said he plans to file a cloture petition Tuesday, which with 60 votes could bring the treaty to a vote as early as Thursday. Once it comes to the floor, 67 votes are required for ratification.