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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012, 2:37 P.M.

Risch, Crapo No On Disabilities Treaty

Quote from Kevin Richert's Idaho Statesman blog from U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, re: reason he voted against United Nations Disabilities Treaty. Sen. Mike Crapo also voted against the treaty, which failed to get the required 2/3s vote for approval.

"The U.S. has the most comprehensive and protective laws in the world benefiting disabled people. Other countries would do well to emulate us. I am absolutely opposed to turning over standards in this field, or for that matter any field, to other countries and non-Americans and agreeing to those standards without learning what they are in advance. In addition, I do not believe that this is a proper role of the United Nations. I have been outspoken and critical of the ballooning reach of the United Nations into every aspect of our lives. At the end of the day, this is a matter of national sovereignty for the United States and every other country in the world. We have sufficient problems right here in America to deal with without attempting to meddle in every aspect of the laws of other countries" -- Jim Risch. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with votes by Idaho U.S. senators against UN Disabilities Treaty?


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