The vote was 61-38 to ratify the treaty that has already been signed by 155 nations and ratified by 126, including Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. It is based on the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Treaties must be passed in the Senate by a two-thirds vote. The all-GOP opposition included Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi but not Sen. Dr. John Barrasso. That shocked the heck out of me. Enzi has always seemed the level-headed one while Barrasso just seems to love seeing himself on Fox News. Not this time.
Joining Enzi in voting against this obvious takeover of American sovereignty were the usual crackpots from the South and West, including Oklahoma's James Imhofe, Mike Lee of Utah, Jon Kyl of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida.
From an AP story:
The opposition was led by tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who argued that the treaty by its very nature threatened U.S. sovereignty. Specifically he expressed concerns that the treaty could lead to the state, rather than parents, determining what was in the best interest of disabled children in such areas as home schooling, and that language in the treaty guaranteeing the disabled equal rights to reproductive health care could lead to abortions. Parents, Lee said, will "raise their children with the constant looming threat of state interference."Tiny paranoid minds were working overtime on this one.
Read Joan McCarter's excellent Daily Kos post on the subject here.