ICYMI: Santorum: Bury CRPD Once and for All

Verona, PA -- Former U.S. Senator, former Republican presidential candidate, chairman of Patriot Voices and author of Blue Collar Conservatives Rick Santorum authored an opinion piece in Roll Call discussing his opposition to the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

Senator Santorum and Patriot Voices were instrumental in stopping CRPD when it came before the Senate in 2012.  Now that CRPD was recently voted out of committee and it may come before the Senate this fall, Santorum lays out additional arguments about CRPD's flaws.  Below are excerpts of "Problematic Disabilities Treaty Up for Consideration Again."

"Some hope this treaty would encourage other countries to change how they treat their disabled citizens. Unfortunately, one only needs to look around the world for proof of the CRPD's ineffectiveness. Most of the world has already ratified the treaty, including some of the world's most brutal dictatorships. There is no one reason why the CRPD has failed as a global tool for aiding the world's disabled, but it has failed. Having the United States ratify the CRPD will not magically make the treaty effective...

Despite its defeat in 2012, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., tried to bring it up again in 2013. At that time Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking Republican of the committee, used the hearings to ask some very pointed questions reflecting the concerns of millions of other Americans. After an effort to work with Democrats and the State Department to develop reservations, understandings and declarations designed to quarantine the most troublesome parts of the treaty, Corker announced last December in no uncertain terms that he could no longer support the treaty. He determined that it posed a real threat to our sovereignty, our federalist system and democratic governance in general...

At a time when the world is burning, and there are serious foreign policy challenges and threats in every corner of the globe, Democrats should stop wasting precious time promoting a treaty that at best is ineffective and at worst does not serve American interests.  If this treaty ever goes before the full Senate again, I respectfully ask my former colleagues to bury it once and for all." 

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