I just called both of my Senators again today to find out their reasons for supporting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  I took the advice of Michael Farris of HSLDA and am posting it here, hoping you will find it as helpful as I did!

Again, to learn more about the treaty, go here.

To find your Senator’s contact information, go here.

And for my previous blog post on the subject, go here.

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Tips from Michael Farris in calling your Senator: 

If you have one or more Democratic Senators or a GOP Senator who voted wrong on Monday. I would suggest that you call back and say the following:

“I understand that Senator XX believes that this treaty will protect Americans with disabilities when they travel abroad. Can you please tell me which section of the treaty contains this protection? Lawyers I trust tell us there is no such language in the treaty. Can you read it to me if it is there?”

This will make these poor staffers very uncomfortable and what will likely happen is that even though no Democrats are likely to change their actual votes against Obama–they may very well start going to Harry Reid and say: “You have to pull this thing back. I don’t want to have to vote for this.”
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I made a point to be very friendly when I called and asked the person who answered the phone how they were doing today. It made the conversation friendly and productive.  When I spoke to Senator Udall’s office, the staffer gave me some talking points on why the Senator supports the treaty.  She made it sound good, but each time she brought up a point, I asked what section of the treaty contained that provision. She didn’t know, but took my email to get back to me. I’ll be interested to hear what she says!

One of the main points was that it would protect Americans with disabilities overseas, requiring other countries to comply with the American Disabilities Act. I asked her how we could force other countries to comply with American law and she didn’t have a great answer.

You may want to pull up the text of the treaty.  If a staffer does point you to a specific section, you can see if it lines up!

The staffer in Senator Bennett’s office said she didn’t know how the Senator stood on the treaty, so I mostly repeated what I said on Tuesday; I urge the Senator to vote against the treaty, it’s a voting issue for me, etc.

Again, this is an incredibly simple process.  Both conversations took less than 10 minutes total and could have an incredible impact!  Please take time to call your Senators again today (especially if they support the treaty) and thank your Senators if they opposed it!