Despite the overwhelming wish among Americans for an end to acrimony and dysfunction in Washington, the fate of treaty that would foster international rights for the disabled indicates that the US Senate continues on a divided path. This story has a twist on the usual tale of gridlock, because Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts and other backers of the relatively non-controversial treaty do enjoy some measure of bipartisan support. Arizona Senator John McCain and former attorney general Dick Thornburgh joined Kerry at the Capitol on Tuesday to demand passage.
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