URGENT Action Needed Now on CRPD

November 28, 2012 at 11:53am



On Tuesday we marked a major milestone... the Motion to Proceed on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities passed in the Senate!  ( See vote count herehttp://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00205). All of your incredible work is paying off.


The Motion to Proceed allows the CRPD to be brought up for consideration.  Now that this hurdle is passed, amendments will be discussed and then when the Senate Majority Leader feels confident we have the 67 votes we need, he will move to a final vote.  Below are materials about filibusters and cloture - procedural issues that may come up.


There is no time to waste - this is THE TIME to get all of the YES votes firmed up!


We have a busy week ahead - this is the final moment.  Today on the Senate floor will be a discussion of amendments (remember we are asking for the Senate to add NO additional amendments).  It is essential you and your networks contact senators and let them know we are counting on their YES vote!


Now, we need to do two things:


1) Thank the senators who joined our community and voted YES yesterday.


2) Push more Republican Senators to join our ranks (we're so close).


The Thank You List:


Republican Senators who voted YES today: Murkowski (AK), McCain (AZ), Lugar (IN), Collins (ME), Snowe (ME), Brown (MA), Ayotte (NH), Hatch (UT), Barrasso (WY)


The message for these senators is: Thank you for your YES vote on Tuesday for the CRPD! The disability community is with you!


The Please Vote with Us List:


Group 1: (these senators said they would vote YES but they did not): Cochran (MS), Moran (KS), Blunt (MO)


Group 2: Heller (NV), Hutchison (TX), Coburn (OK), Enzi (WY)


The message for these senators is: I am a disability advocate/person with a disability and I want you to vote YES on the CRPD with no new amendments! This is important to the disability community!


Senate contact information: 




Filibusters and Cloture in the Senate:  http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid='0E%2C*PLW%3D%22P%20%20%0A

Cloture: Its Effect on Senate Proceedings:  http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/98-780.pdf


We're so close - let's do this!

Ratify CRPD Yes!Ratify CRPD Yes!