Excerpt from Kaiser Health News: (click for entire article)
The senators are backing a U.N. treaty that they say would protect Americans with disabilities who work or travel abroad. The Obama administration has sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification.
The Hill: Senators Back UN Disability Rights Treaty
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) prescribes actions for states that want to "ensure and promote the full realization of all human rights … for all persons with disabilities without discrimination." The U.S. government has signed but not ratified the treaty, which now requires Senate approval. It contains detailed policy objectives, though a release said that ratification would require "no changes to U.S. laws or new appropriations" (Viebeck, 5/28).