Republicans oppose vote on UN disability treaty

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Associated Press

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate plans to consider a U.N. treaty espousing equal rights for the disabled is drawing opposition from some Republicans wary of the treaty and asserting that the Senate should not be taking up international treaties during a lame-duck session.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, has said he would ask the Senate to consider legislation to ratify the U.N.'s Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.

The chances of success are not good. It takes 60 votes to move a bill to the floor and a two-thirds majority to ratify a treaty. In September 36 Senate Republicans wrote a letter saying they would oppose any treaty brought up during the lame-duck session.

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, who leads the opposition, says the treaty threatens U.S. sovereignty.

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