Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Supreme Court Decision Gives Green Light to Senate to Ratify Disability Treaty

June 2, 2014

WASHINGTON- Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in Bond v. United States, which reaffirmed the existing federal-state balance regarding international treaties:

"The Supreme Court today gave the Senate the green light to proceed with ratification of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD). The Bond decision should assuage any concerns that CRPD will lead to federal legislation that oversteps the bounds of federalism.

We look forward to working with the bipartisan sponsors in the Senate to bring CRPD back to the floor for a vote this summer. 

Wade Henderson is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.