This Senate vote refusing to ratify the UN convention on people with disabilities is rather interesting.
1. It’s modeled on our own Americans with Disabilities Act. Okay? Modeled on an American law.
2. It would help ensure that people with disabilities in less advanced countries get treated with some measure of ADA-like respect.
3. Every other advanced country has backed it.
4. Bob Dole was there to lobby for it in person. Bob Dole. In a wheelchair, no less!
But the Republicans voted it down. It “passed” 61-38, but two-thirds or 66 were needed for ratification, so it failed. Eight Republicans voted with all Democrats. But not enough.