Senator Blunt 202-224-5721
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“Please call them today. I know it seems daunting to call, but all you have to say is that you would like the Senator to vote NO against the UN disability treaty. They will then take down you zip code. It is a number game. The more people that call in the better. Please stand up for the disabled and American parental rights. The language in this treaty is frightening.”
Preliminary vote on the UN CRPD gives both hope and targets for more calls
Today the Senate took a preliminary vote on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The vote was on a “Motion to Proceed” which means that the Senate gave permission to begin debate to the treaty. As is often the case, this was a preliminary vote which tells us a great deal about the vote for final passage.
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 GOP senators supporting Obama’s UN push were: Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Brown (R-MA), Collins (R-ME), Hatch (R-UT), Lugar (R-IA), McCain (R-AZ), and Snowe (R-ME). Hatch was the biggest surprise in this group. 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 the 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 voted against the CRPD unless mentioned specifically here.
I urge you all to call all of the other Senators yet again for their preliminary votes and urge them to change their mind 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 a couple more days of phone calls is a small price to pay for their decision to vote for the UN position.
Senator Reid has not yet filed the motion needed to take this bill to the next vote which will be for cloture. Thus, there will be two more votes before the treaty can be ratified. We do not know the timetable yet. Some delay til Thursday or Friday is likely.
We absolutely have to keep the pressure on.
But it is very important that you all send emails of thanks to the 36. The opposition will be urging their people to pour on the calls to these 36 hoping to move just two.
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.
Thanks so much. You are making a difference. The Senate leadership promised that this treaty would be ratified by July 26. Your calls are the reason we are still in the fight.
They need to change two votes to win. We need to keep up our defense of freedom because no one else will.