November 26, 2002

Senate Adjourns Without Action on CEDAW

The US House and Senate have adjourned for the remainder of the year marking the end of the 107th Congress. The recently elected 108th Congress will convene January 2003.

At the end of each congressional term unfinished business expires. For the 107th Congress this includes the very controversial UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty. Although ratification of CEDAW has expired for this Congressional term, there is always the possibility of future ratification. This is not likely in the near future however.

The likely new Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, voted against CEDAW when it was considered in that Committee last summer. HSLDA has sent Sen. Lugar a letter inquiring whether or not, as Chairman he will bring CEDAW up for vote in his committee. Further information on CEDAW will be updated as it becomes available.

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