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11/28/2012 2:21:05 PM
Mike Farris--HSLDA
Senate Hesitates on UN Disabilities Treaty--Keep Calling!

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Senate Hesitates on UN Disabilities Treaty--Keep Calling!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate took a preliminary vote on the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The vote
was on a "Motion to Proceed" which means that the Senate gave
permission to begin debate regarding the treaty. As is often the case,
this was a preliminary vote which tells us a great deal about the vote
for final passage.

The vote was 61 to 36 to proceed to debate. Three senators did not
vote. The good news is that the Senate hasn't proceeded to the next
step - ending debate and voting on whether to ratify the treaty.

Every Democratic senator voted for the treaty--Blumenthal (D-CT) was
absent and not voting.

The Republicans supplied several "Yes" votes for the Obama
administration on giving the UN some authority over America's policies
for disabled adults and children. The seven GOP senators supporting
Obama's UN push were: Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA),
Collins (R-ME), Lugar (R-IN), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME).

Senator Hatch (R-UT) also voted to proceed to debate, but we were just
notified literally minutes ago that Hatch will vote AGAINST
ratification of the CRPD. Barrasso was a huge disappointment because
of his supposedly conservative stance on issues, but his defection has
been known for some time.

A good surprise was that Senator Moran (R-KS) voted against the CRPD
on this preliminary matter. Roberts (R-KS) and Kirk (R-IL) were
absent.

I urge you all to send an EMAIL of thanks to the Republicans who voted
against the CRPD. If your Senator is a Republican, he or she voted
against the CRPD unless mentioned specifically above. You can use the
U.S. Senate's webpage to email your senators here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16346

I urge you to call all of the other senators yet again and urge them
to change their minds and support the principle that Americans should
make the law for America. While it is unlikely that Democrats will
change their minds, they need to know that there is a price to pay for
attacking American parents and giving away American self-government.
Answering phone calls for a few more days is a small price to pay for
their decision to vote for the UN position. You can find your
senators' phone numbers by typing in your ZIP code here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16347

Senator Reid has not yet filed the motion needed to take this bill to
the next vote which will be for cloture to end debate. Thus, there
will be two more votes before the treaty can be ratified. We do not
know the timetable yet. It could happen this week; it could be pushed
later.

We absolutely have to keep the pressure on the Senate.

But it is very important that you all send emails of thanks to the 36
senators who stood against the UN. The opposition will be urging their
people to pour on the calls to these 36 hoping to move just three.
If we can keep at least 34, the treaty will be defeated.

Shore up the good guys with emails. Call the others to account with
phone calls. Try calling their local offices for a change of pace.

The other side needs to change three votes to win. We need to keep up
our defense of freedom because no one else will.

Thanks so much. You are making a difference. As you call, our federal
relations team and Congressional Action Program families are lobbying
face to face on Capitol Hill. The Senate leadership promised that this
treaty would be ratified by July 26, 2012. Your calls are the reason
we are still in the fight.

For Liberty,


Michael P. Farris, Esq., LL.M.
Chairman, HSLDA

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