November 19, 2012

Urge Your Senators to Stand against UN Disabilities Treaty

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

Read more about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the threat it poses, and how you can stop it.

Read more about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the threat it poses, and how you can stop it! >>

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The following senators have signed the letter opposing ratifying a treaty during the lame-duck session and should be thanked:

Jeff Sessions (AL)
Richard Shelby (AL)
John Boozman (AZ)
Jon Kyl (AZ)
Marco Rubio (FL)
Saxby Chambliss (GA)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
Mike Crapo (ID)
James Risch (ID)
Dan Coats (IN)
Chuck Grassley (IA)
Pat Roberts (KS)
Rand Paul (KY)
David Vitter (LA)
Scott Brown (MA)
Thad Cochran (MS)
Roger Wicker (MS)
Roy Blunt (MO)
Mike Johanns (NE)
Dean Heller (NV)
Richard Burr (NC)
John Hoeven (ND)
Rob Portman (OH)
Tom Coburn (OK)
Pat Toomey (PA)
Jim DeMint (SC)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
John Thune (SD)
Bob Corker (TN)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
John Cornyn (TX)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
Mike Lee (UT)
Ron Johnson (WI)
Michael Enzi (WY)

With the elections over, the U.S. Senate is entering the “lame-duck session”—the last congressional session before the newly elected candidates join the ranks of Congress in January. The Senate is poised to again attempt to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

If the U.S. Senate were to ratify the CRPD, this would give the United Nations the power to influence and change domestic law and threaten parental rights and homeschool freedom.

Your calls to oppose the CRPD have kept the treaty from moving forward, despite numerous attempts by the treaty’s supporters to ratify it. We must continue to oppose the treaty in the lame-duck session.

Thirty-six senators have signed a letter stating that they “respectfully request that no treaties be brought to the Senate floor for advice and consent during the lame-duck session of the 112th Congress.”

These senators have promised in the letter that they “will oppose efforts to consider a treaty during this time.” Since two-thirds of the Senate is needed to ratify a treaty, 36 senators refusing to pass a UN treaty during this time keeps any treaty from moving.

If your senators have signed this letter, please thank them for opposing UN treaties and encourage them to continue to do so after the lame-duck session. You can use all or part of the following message:

“Thank you for protecting American sovereignty and promising not to consider any UN treaties during this lame-duck session. I urge you to continue to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after the lame-duck session. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten the parental rights and homeschool freedom of parents of children with disabilities.”

If your senators have not signed the letter, please ask them to sign. You can use all or part of the following:

“Thirty-six U.S. senators have signed a letter promising not to consider any UN treaties during the lame-duck session. I urge you to sign this letter and to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten the parental rights and homeschool freedom of parents of children with disabilities.”

You can use our Congressional Directory to find your senators’ contact information.

 Other Resources

HSLDA’s CRPD Action Center

Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY) leads 49 House Members in sending a letter to Senate leadership opposing the CRPD.

Video of Senator Mike Lee (UT) opposing the CRPD on the Senate floor.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Danger to Homeschool Families