Washington • Senate Republicans refused to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of disabled people, with Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee calling it a win for American sovereignty.
Utah's Republican senators joined 36 of their colleagues in voting against the treaty, which they fear would lead to the United Nations dictating how U.S. parents could educate their children. The treaty fell five votes short of the two-thirds threshold it needed to pass.
"This treaty would authorize bureaucrats chosen from foreign countries to scrutinize American law, society, culture, and even the American family," Hatch said after the vote. "America must continue to lead in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, but without undermining American sovereignty."