[Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: CRPD update, Senate will vote at noon tomorrow

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Tue Dec 4 01:27:13 UTC 2012

>Fello Federationist:
>      I want to again briefly update you on the latest actions 
> related to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with 
> Disabilities (CRPD).  The Senate will be holding a vote on this 
> treaty tomorrow, Tuesday December 4, at 12:00.  Today John Pare and 
> I attended a press conference hosted by Senators Kerry, McCain,, 
> Harkin, and Durbin to build support for the CRPD.  These Senators 
> reittorated the need for a bipartisan vote in support on this 
> issue.  Senator McCain stated that those who are claiming that this 
> treaty takes away parents rights were simply not accurate, as the 
> treaty was based on the ADA which actually strengthened the rights 
> of families.  Former Attorney General Thornburg rebuked the claim 
> that this treaty will take away American sovereignty as well.  We 
> must take this last chance to set the record strait about the CRPD 
> by calling our Senators tomorrow morning, and urging them to 
> support the CRPD during the vote at noon.  Once again you may be 
> connected to your Senators by calling the switchboard at 
> 202-224-3121, or  866-727-4894.  Every call will make a 
> difference.  I look forward to updating you on the vote 
> tomorrow.  Thank you all again for all of your hard work.  Jesse
>Jesse Hartle
>National Federation of the Blind
>Government Programs Specialist
>Phone: 410-659-9314, Ext. 2233
>Email: <mailto:jhartle at nfb.org>jhartle at nfb.org
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