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Your Opinion: Blunt criticized for vote on rights for disabled

Dear Editor:

The Resolution of Ratification Treaty — Doc. 112-7, was defeated by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 4 by a vote of 61 yeas, 38 nays and one not voting.

This United Nations resolution provided for universal guaranteed rights for the disabled. It is called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Voting aye was Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill along with 52 Democrats, eight Republicans and one Independent. Voting nay, along with 37 other Republicans, was Missouri’s own Sen. Roy Blunt.

This treaty placed no additional requirements or responsibilities on the United States beyond what is already the law. This includes the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sen. Blunt is sworn to represent all Missourians, as well as all Americans. How, in good conscious, could he vote against a resolution to treat all persons with disabilities in a fair and humane manner? He has chosen to treat these very special people worldwide with total disdain. This is a prime example of partisan politics and is just another reason why Americans have such disregard and distrust of our representatives in Congress.

I am not certain, but I believe Mr. Blunt is up for reelection in 2014. I shall endeavor to remind everyone of his vote this week and shall support his opponent (regardless of their political affiliation).

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