July 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC-- [Excerpt provided by Inclusion Daily Express] Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is delaying Senate consideration of the United Nations treaty on people with disabilities amid growing opposition from home-schooling advocates.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was scheduled to take up the U.N. Convention on the Rights of People With Disabilities on Thursday, with the goal of getting it passed in time for the 22nd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26. Instead, Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) announced that he will hold the markup next Thursday, July 26.
A spokesman for DeMint said several Republicans on the committee joined him in asking for the delay.
"Part of this treaty deals with abortion and the rights of children, issues that should be addressed by states, local governments and American parents, not international bureaucrats," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton told The Hill in an email. "Sen. DeMint strongly opposes this treaty, as the United States is already the world leader in addressing the needs of the disabled and it's foolish to think Americans need to sign away our sovereignty to exert our influence around the world."
The treaty has broad bipartisan support, with many senators -- including Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- arguing that it would merely extend the protections of the ADA to people with disabilities around the world, including Americans living abroad.
Sen. DeMint taps brakes on UN treaty as home-school opposition grows