Senate Rejects U.N. Disabilities: Tuesday, the United States Senate blocked ratification of a U.N. treaty aimed at ending discrimination against disabled people around the world. Based in part on Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities treaty would have been non-binding and wouldn’t have changed or challenged U.S. law. Instead it would have improved conditions for disabled people around the world.
But opponents thought that the treaty would create legal headaches for the United States. Leading opponent Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said other U.N. treaties have forced demands on national governments that fall outside their legal, economic and cultural traditions. According to the Washington Times, sixty-one senators supported the treaty, including eight Republicans and two independents, but the tally fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. No Democrat voted against it.