Obama urges passage of UN disability treaty, McCain concurs

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Will the Senate Ratify UN Treaty?

President Barack Obama is pressing the Senate to pass the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which he signed in 2009 but has stalled in Congress.

“The rights of Americans with disabilities should not end at our nation’s shores,” Obama wrote in his request to the Senate, according to a Disability Scoop article. “Ratification of the disabilities convention by the United States would position the United States to occupy the global leadership role to which our domestic record already attests.”

The treaty, enacted in 2006, requires countries to enact laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities.

On March 25, a bipartisan group of senators announced their support for the treaty, according to an article in the Hill. The senators include Chris Coons (D-Del), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), John McCain (R-Ariz), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

“I have long advocated on behalf of equal access and non-discrimination for all Americans, including our veterans and today’s disabled soldiers returning home from serving their nation in war,” McCain said in a statement.

If the Senate approves the treaty, the U.S. will become the 113th country to ratify the treaty, which has been signed by 153 countries.