Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CRPD: Why There Should Be a Senate Floor Vote this Week

We need to know how where each Senator stands.

We need to recognize that there will never be a better time for a Senate floor vote on the CRPD.

The opposition wins if there is no vote this week.

There will never be greater support for the CRPD than we coordinated this time.

The general public, the media, Democrats and Republicans see other issues as being more worthy of their time and attention than ratification of the CRPD.

Messaging matters. All messages have been delivered. Those that want to avoid/stop action on the CRPD have had enough traction to keep us from 67 public endorsements of the CRPD.

The CRPD ratification leadership team should be camping out in Majority Leader Reid's office demanding a floor vote.

The Democrat leadership in Congress should be camping out in Majority Leader Reid's office demanding a floor vote.

The Republicans in the Senate, who support the CRPD, should be camping out in Majority Leader Reid's office demanding a floor vote.

The Republicans in the Senate, who oppose the treaty, should be camping out in Majority Leader Reid's office demanding a floor vote.

The business leaders, who support the CRPD, should be be camping out in Majority Leader Reid's office demanding a floor vote.

The veterans groups' leaders, who support the treaty, should be camping out in Majority Leader Reid's office demanding a floor vote.

The rest of us need to call Reid's office demanding a vote (202) 224-3542.

U.S. democracy is a unique creature. It works if we are engaged. We can live with the results of a floor vote this week. The uncertainty of no action this week is not an outcome we should accept.

Thank you.
Patricia Morrissey

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