Saturday, July 28, 2012

UN Treaty moves forward

The UN treaty on people with disabilities moved out of committee Thursday and it may make it to the Senate floor before Congress takes its summer recess next week. The agreement will need a two-thirds majority (67 senators) to pass. It enjoys the support of the National Association of the Deaf and other advocacy groups in the deaf community. The 10 Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of it - along with three Republicans: Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana, Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming and Georgia's Senator Johnny Isakson. Some opponents say it will impose international standards on Americans related to abortion and home schooling.

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