Santorum tweets on defeat of UN disabilities treaty: 'We did it'

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The Senate voted 61-38 in favor of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), five votes short of the two-thirds needed for ratification. Santorum led the charge against the treaty, along with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong How the effort to replace ObamaCare failed Overnight Regulation: Trump temporarily lifts Jones Act for Puerto Rico | Bill would exempt some banks from Dodd-Frank | Senators unveil driverless car bill MORE (R-Utah), arguing that it could allow the U.N. to impose its will on issues such as abortion and home-schooling of children with disabilities.

Democrats and advocates for people with disabilities called those claims nonsense.

“By refusing to ratify this treaty, Republicans are abandoning America’s longstanding leadership in support of our citizens, servicemembers, and veterans with disabilities who travel, study, do business, or live abroad,” Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayChildren’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Schumer calls for attaching ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance MORE (D-Wash.) said in a statement urging a continued push in favor of ratification.

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