Congress | Conservative lawmakers vow to block an international disabilities treaty that could affect U.S. sovereignty, homeschooling, and the promotion of abortion
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 9/27/12, 11:21 am
WASHINGTON—Opposition is growing for a seemingly benign treaty that has conservatives on Capitol Hill calling it a serious threat to U.S. sovereignty.
A group of 36 Republican senators have banded together to rebuff any efforts to pass the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) before the end of the upcoming post-election, lame duck session of Congress. This effectively throws the decision to the 113th Congress, which takes office in January, since treaty ratification requires two-thirds approval (67 votes) in the Senate.