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GOP channels 'X-Files' paranoia to defeat UN disabilities treaty

In Republican-led sinking of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, creepy TV fears dominate the Senate.

By Michael Yudell

It didn't help.

The treaty failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority and went down on a vote of 61-38, with Republicans accounting for all the "No" votes.

The United States, which has the strongest disabilities rights protections in the world as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act, could have shown its leadership by ratifying the treaty and helping to encourage other nations to commit to the same basic protections by including things like sidewalk ramps and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms.

This is nonsense.

No, it shouldn't.

The truth is out there. Somewhere. But not Tuesday in the United States Senate.

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