SENATOR BOB DOLE STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT BOND DECISION AND CRPD

June 2, 2014
Source: Marion Watkins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marion Watkins (202) 654-4863marion.watkins@alston.com

"Today the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Bond v. United States.

Several members of the U.S. Senate wanted to delay consideration of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) until the Supreme Court had issued its decision.  The Supreme Court has spoken, and it is clear that the Bond case is no impediment to the ratification of theCRPD.

In fact, the Supreme Court has given the Senate a blueprint on how to write a treaty to maintain the balance of powers between the Federal government and the states in our federalist system.

I hope now the U.S. Senate will proceed to ratification of the CRPD.  By adding the appropriate language on federalism in a reservation in the treaty, we can have a treaty that recognizes the rights of persons with disabilities, restores American leadership on disability rights, and maintains existing states’ rights and prerogatives under our Constitution." -Senator Bob Dole