Sunday, January 19, 2014

The CRPD and Five Men Who Hold History in Their Hands

I have high hopes. Next week Senators will be in their states. Five Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) are especially important. I hope, if constituents who support the CRPD contact them, these five Senators will join other Republican Senators who also support the treaty (Ayotte, Barrasso, Collins, McCain, Murkowski, and Kirk). When the CRPD is voted out of the SFRC (the Chairman has the votes he needs to pass the CRPD resolution out of the committee), it is my hope these five on the committee will be there to make the committee vote unanimous in favor of the CRPD. And then, as rising stars in the Republican party I hope these five will encourage other Republican Senators to join in the vote for ratification of the CRPD on the Senate floor. Disability-related issues have historically been bipartisan and the Senate has played a leadership role in these areas. It should happen in this case, but it is up to us to reach out to these five. You do not need to search for their numbers. They are below.

Flake (R-AZ)
            DC: (202) 224-4521
            TUCSON: (520) 575-8633
            PHOENIX: (602) 840-1891
Johnson (R-WI)
            DC: (202) 224-5323
            OSHKOSH: (920) 230-7250
            MILWAUKEE: (414) 276-7282
Paul (R-KY)
            DC: (202) 224-4343
            CRESCENT SPRINGS: (859) 426-0165
Risch (R-ID)
            DC: (202) 224-2752
            BOISE: (208) 342-7985
            COEUR d’ALENE: (208) 667-6130
            IDAHO FALLS: (208) 523-5541
            LEWISTON: (208) 743-0792
            POCATELLO: (208) 236-6817
            TWIN FALLS: (208) 734-6780
Rubio (R-FL)
            DC: (202) 224-3041
            ORLANDO: (407) 254-2573 or (866) 630-7106
            MIAMI: (305) 418-8553
            TAMPA: (813) 977-6450
            JACKSONVILLE: (904) 398-8586
            PENSACOLA: (850) 433-2603
            TALLAHASSEE: (850) 599-9100
            NAPLES: (239) 213-1521
            PALM BEACH: (561) 775-3360

Senator Corker, the Ranking Republican on the SFRC, does not support ratification of the CRPD. Two other Republican Senators, Barrasso (R-WY) and McCain (R-AZ) on the SFRC, and all Democrat Senators on the SFRC (Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman; Boxer (D-CA), Cardin (D-MD), Coons (D-DE), Durbin (D-IL), Kaine (D-VA), Markey (D-MA) Murphy (D-CN), Shaheen (D-NH), and Udall (D-NM)) do support ratification of the CRPD.

Thank you.
Common Grounder

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