For the record: 61 voted yea to protect disabled Americans, only 6 were Republicans; no Democrats voted nay

In case like me you’re wondering where Republicans went horribly wrong yesterday by voting to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans — including veterans — while they are in foreign countries, look straight no further than the signatures of Rick Santorum’s pledge. Yes, another GOP pledge.

If you believe that ‘both parties are the same’ then read on.










David from Crooks and Liars reports:

Thirty-eight Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty, 61 to 38.

At an event with former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) late last month, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) announced that 36 Republicans had signed a letter pledging to vote against the treaty.


Writing for World Net Daily on Monday, Santorum said the treaty had “darker and more troubling implications” and suggested that it would have meant the forced abortion his daughter because she has a rare genetic disorder.

(my bold)

Oh fuck. So, the former Senator who now writes for a conspiracy blog, has some kind of power over the well being of disabled veterans. The 38 Republicans who walked past Mr. Dole while in his wheelchair, then commenced to vote that ubiquitous and annoying Republican “NO” should never be allowed to forget this day that they embarrassed our country. Santorum is co-founder of the ironically named, “Patriot voices.”








These are the people that are directing their decision making,”Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly also warned in November that proponents were “using this treaty as an opportunity to promote their abortion agenda.”

Disabled = abortion?

Led by Mitch McConnell they voted no with the exception of six GOPers. Only six.

Via Roll Call:

Ayotte (R-NH)

Brown (R-MA)

Lugar (R-IN)

McCain (R-AZ)

Murkowski (R-AK)

Snowe (R-ME)

36 voted nay — all Republicans.

61 voted yea, including the aforementioned six Republicans.

Remember the nays:

Alexander (R-TN)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)


Not Voting – 1
Kirk (R-IL)

Image found through Facebook friend: DeNeice Kenahan with thanks.

  • GOP Obstructionist

    It’s what we do. We impede progress.

  • TeufelWolf

    UN treaties are worthless.

    • arsenalwilson

      …says the guy who didn’t read the treaty

      • DrHouse5

        Don’t need to. It’s an erosion of sovereignty.

        • arsenalwilson

          “Erosion of sovereignty” …With regard to establishing rights to people with disabilities?

          Why is it that 100 other nations have signed it then?

  • Arbite

    Would have been nice of you to put a link to the actual text of the treaty. Because chances are like most UN treaties it had a sovereignty erosion to it.

  • jimbo

    how did the treaty get blocked if 61 voted for it vs 38 against?

    • Kiddo

      They needed a “Super Majority” of 66% or 2/3rds

  • DrHouse5

    Category voting No on U.N. resolutions is appropriate.
    We do not ‘report’ to them.

    • arsenalwilson

      That’s an incorrect description of the U.N.s role. It’s more like a co-op, where we coordinate internationally on issues that affect the world. I wish you were the only one who was this sadly misinformed…

  • arsenalwilson

    Before anyone else makes this ignorant comment, there is NO SOVEREIGNTY EROSION built into the treaty. There isn’t even a mechanism to enforce the treaty. It’s simply an affirmation of the rights of disabled people.

    The world is progressing, and the GOP is holding us back. It’s days like this where there is no pride in being an American.