Thank you to USICD and DREDF for compiling this update:
Thank you for all of your calls and emails these past couple of weeks to get a hearing on the CRPD in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee! Thursday’s hearing went very well, disability advocates filled the room, and the positive message of the CRPD was carried throughout the proceedings. You can watch it (with captions) here.
The Committee’s next step is a mark-up and vote on the treaty, and by the end of the day yesterday they scheduled the CRPD for mark-up for next Thursday, June 19! This is a ‘woo hoo’ moment!
We need a strong vote out of the Committee in order to move it to the floor for a final vote for the Senate’s advice and consent to ratify.
We know that we’ve asked you to make a lot of calls recently, and now we’re down to the wire, and continue to need your leadership and networks. Please continue to make our voices heard, thank your networks for their actions and ask them for another round of calls and emails. We need to thank the senators for their attention to the CRPD, and ask them to support the treaty in this next step!
“Thank you Senator for your leadership on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and for your attention to the U.S. ratification of the Disability Treaty. I request that you support the CRPD at the Committee meeting on June 19, vote in
favor of the treaty in Committee, and move it forward to a floor vote in the Senate!”
Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Amber Bland ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Stacie Oliver ( email@example.com)
SenatorJim DeMint (R-SC)
Lydia Morgan ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
COSPONSOR OF CRPD!!!
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Joel Starr ( email@example.com)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
SenatorMike Lee (R-UT)
Jodi Herman ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
As a reminder, Senator Isakson (R-GA) sits on the Senate Foreign Relations committee so for all of BlazeSports supporters and friends in Georgia, it is especially important to weigh in on the issue in the next week.