Back in September, 36 Republicans in the Senate signed on to a letter requesting that no treaties be brought up for consideration during the precious few days of the lame duck session.
“The writers of the Constitution clearly believed that all treaties presented to the Senate should undergo the most thorough scrutiny before being agreed upon,” they wrote in a Sept. 20 letter to Senate majority and minority leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“The American people will be electing representatives and senators in November, and new representatives carrying the election mandate should be afforded the opportunity to review and consider any international agreements that are outstanding at the time of their election.”
The signatories promised to oppose efforts to consider any treaty brought for consideration.
Fast-forward two months, and the Senate has begun consideration of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations treaty that faces heavy opposition from conservative groups and received only one committee hearing, back in July.
Opponents say the treaty infringes on U.S. sovereignty, confers no new rights on Americans with disabilities, and even tampers with established concepts of parental authority.
And this comes to the floor while the National Defense Authorization Act, a bipartisan budget bill necessary for military planning and operations, waits in the wings.