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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities yesterday:
"I applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on approving yesterday the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a critical treaty that would enshrine in international law America’s efforts to ban discrimination against people with disabilities. This treaty draws significantly on the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act I was proud to help pass in 1990. The Disabilities Convention has the strong support of groups that advocate on behalf of the rights of people with disabilities as well as key allies on both sides of the aisle. I was very disappointed that the Senate blocked the treaty’s ratification by a narrow vote in 2012, and I hope that the Senate can reverse that setback in the weeks ahead."