“I want to be clear: We have no desire to rush up to the Hill for a vote,” Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller said.
State official: "Decision does not indicate any lessening support for nuclear disarmament.”
U.N. reform pick and former WH deputy counsel Leslie Berger Kiernan "asked the president to have her name withdrawn for personal/family reasons,” a White House aide told The Hill.
Republicans slammed the administration for ignoring the Russian treaty violation.
New legislation from Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) would codify an administration commitment to promote the participation of women in negotiations to prevent and resolve violent conflicts around the world.
America's Jesuits are latching on to Pope Francis's compassion for people with disabilities to call for the Senate to pass a United Nations treaty that failed by just five votes in December 2012.
In this week's issue of America magazine, they argue that the pope's well-publicized embrace of a boy with cerebral palsy and a severely disfigured man “demand a response” from Catholics everywhere. Ratifying the treaty, they write, would help “ensure a basic level of human rights for disabled persons throughout the world.”
“By declining to ratify the U.N. convention, Congress has declined to support the extension of disability rights to individuals worldwide,” they write. “Legislators should rectify that wrong by bringing up the matter again for a vote.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) this week is calling on the House to reject a Senate effort to restore funding to a United Nations group that recognizes Palestine as a member.
Disability advocacy groups have harshly criticized Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) for saying he wouldn’t support the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Corker is the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, he announced he wouldn’t vote to ratify the treaty if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) brings it to the Senate floor again.
“Ultimately, I’m unable to vote for a treaty that could undermine our Constitution and the legitimacy of our democratic process as the appropriate means for making decisions about the treatment of our citizens,” Corker said.
Four House Republicans are pressing the State Department to better explain its oversight of a United Nations agency that has been accused of facilitating anti-Semitic activities.
Dozens of countries reached a climate change agreement in Warsaw on Saturday.