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December 10, 2012

Kansas views on U.N. treaty, Huelskamp, Kobach

U.N. treaty – Opposition from Republican senators foiled an opportunity for the United States to lead the world in advocating for people with disabilities. The Senate needed 66 votes to ratify a United Nations treaty that calls upon countries to ensure disabled citizens receive the same rights and freedoms as their able-bodied peers. Despite a visit in the Senate chamber from an ailing former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, it received only 61 votes. As GOP Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said in May, each person “should have the opportunity to pursue happiness, participate in society and be treated equally before the law.” But Moran, along with GOP Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, voted in opposition to the treaty. As has been made painfully obvious, this is not Bob Dole’s Senate anymore.

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