Treaty for disabled rights falls short
GOP bloc thwarts passage over abortion concerns
Senator John F. Kerry made an impassioned plea for ratifying a treaty aimed at advancing the rights of the blind and disabled across the globe, urging Congress to do for the world what has been accomplished here to protect Americans with disabilities. In the end, Kerry and other supporters fell five votes short of the 66 needed to ratify the international pact, approved by 125 countries. Eight Republicans and the Senate’s two independents joined Democrats in the 61-38 tally.