September 25, 2012

Senate Adjourns Without Voting on UN Treaty—Victory for Now!

William A. Estrada, Esq.
HSLDA Federal Relations Director

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! >>

More information about the efforts to block a vote in the Senate:

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

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

Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate adjourned and senators went home, with no plans to return until after the November election. In a huge victory for homeschool freedom, parental rights, and national sovereignty, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities never came up for a vote.

Your calls worked! We have won this round of the battle. We are incredibly grateful to parents and citizens like you who picked up the phone and called your senators, sent emails, posted on your senators’ Facebook walls, talked about the CRPD at town hall meetings, and even visited your senators at their district or Capitol Hill offices. This victory shows that when ordinary people get involved, freedom wins.

Battle Continues

While this is a major victory, the war is not over.

We know that supporters of the CRPD will come back during the lame-duck session right after Election Day, before the new Congress convenes in January 2013, and will attempt to ram the CRPD and the United Nations down America’s throat. You can rest assured that HSLDA is already meeting with key senators to defeat the treaty when the Senate returns. And we have a powerful tool in our arsenal, as 36 senators signed a letter urging the Senate to defeat all UN treaties during the lame-duck session!

Celebrate

Speaking right after the Senate adjourned, HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris said:

“We need to remember that the war is not over. We need to make sure of two things:

1. We work hard to elect senators and a president who believe in the sovereignty of the United States and who will reject these kinds of UN treaties.

2. We need to be prepared for an all-out battle in the lame-duck session.

But for today, celebrate our victory. Our success really galls people like John Kerry, Dick Durbin, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. So go have some ice cream! Put some toppings on it. Have seconds.”

Key Supporters

HSLDA wishes to thank six key senators who helped to fight against this treaty and who voted against it in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Senator Corker (TN), Senator Risch (ID), Senator Lee (UT), Senator Rubio (FL), Senator DeMint (SC), and Senator Inhofe (OK). In addition, Senator Toomey (PA) was a key leader in helping to keep the CRPD off the Senate floor after the committee vote.

HSLDA is also grateful to our CAP lobby families who lobbied against the CRPD on several days, and for numerous organizations who joined the fight, such as Concerned Women for America, Eagle Forum, Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices, RightMarch.com, and Heritage Action.

 Other Resources

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.