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December 05, 2012

White House decries Senate rebuff of disabilities treaty

The White House says it was "disappointed" by the Senate's failure to adopt a treaty supporters said would extend disability protections around the world.

A statement from the White House said the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, would have enshrined "American standards that have been developed through decades of bipartisan cooperation." Senate Republicans voted against the measure -- despite the presence of former Sen. Bob Dole, who pressed for passage.

The White House said the measure would "reaffirm American leadership on disability rights" and said it hopes a new Congress in January will pass it.

"As President Obama declared in a written statement read in tribute to Senator Dole just before the vote, 'disability rights should not stop at our nation's shores,' " the White House said.

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