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This kind of thing just pisses me off, so I'm using Holidailies today to vent my anger. The Senate voted today to kill (that is, against ratifying) the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I mean, are the Republicans just trying to see how big of a grinch they can be, collectively?

(Added: apparently everybody's favorite failed presidential candidate/dirty word Rick Santorum had something to do with this whole thing.)


This list came from the official Senate website, but I edited it down to the naysayers, so any mistakes are likely to be mine.

38 senators (all Republicans) voted no - enough to vote it down, since this is a treaty and takes a 2/3 majority:
Alexander (R-TN), Nay 
Blunt (R-MO), Nay 
Boozman (R-AR), Nay 
Burr (R-NC), Nay 
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay 
Coats (R-IN), Nay 
Coburn (R-OK), Nay 
Cochran (R-MS), Nay 
Corker (R-TN), Nay 
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay 
Crapo (R-ID), Nay 
DeMint (R-SC), Nay 
Enzi (R-WY), Nay 
Graham (R-SC), Nay 
Grassley (R-IA), Nay 
Hatch (R-UT), Nay 
Heller (R-NV), Nay 
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay 
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay 
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay 
Isakson (R-GA), Nay 
Johanns (R-NE), Nay 
Johnson (R-WI), Nay 
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay 
Lee (R-UT), Nay 
McConnell (R-KY), Nay 
Moran (R-KS), Nay 
Paul (R-KY), Nay 
Portman (R-OH), Nay 
Risch (R-ID), Nay 
Roberts (R-KS), Nay 
Rubio (R-FL), Nay 
Sessions (R-AL), Nay 
Shelby (R-AL), Nay 
Thune (R-SD), Nay 
Toomey (R-PA), Nay 
Vitter (R-LA), Nay 
Wicker (R-MS), Nay

These R's (and Lieberman) voted Yes (and I may have missed at least 1 R in there):
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea 
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea 
Brown (R-MA), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Yea 
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea 
Lugar (R-IN), Yea 
McCain (R-AZ), Yea 
Snowe (R-ME), Yea

(And I don't know what's up with this guy:
Kirk (R-IL), Not Voting)
(What I'm not sure about is what "not voting" means, exactly? Abstained? Absent?) (Note: see answer to this in the comments.)

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Date: 2012-12-05 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anjea.livejournal.com
I saw that, too. What makes it even worse is that they were voting with whether or not they agree that everyone else in the world should support changes to support those with disabilities, and we wouldn't have to change a thing, legally. Bringing the world up to US standards for this. But nope, apparently the cheese wants to stand alone.

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Date: 2012-12-05 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Of course I don't know about you, but I didn't even really have to look to see how both our senators voted.

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Date: 2012-12-05 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seweccentric.livejournal.com
It just means they didn't bother to vote. From Jan 2005 to Oct 2008, Obama missed 314 of 1,300 roll call votes, which is 24.2% (the median among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 2008 was 2.2)

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Date: 2012-12-05 06:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Well, Obama wasn't voting here. My point was that it was unclear to me whether he was absent (as Obama was a great deal, yes) or didn't want to vote for some other reason.

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Date: 2012-12-05 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] profrobert.livejournal.com
O'Donnell did an impassioned piece about this tonight on his show. You know, they wheeled Bob Dole on to the floor to make the point, and even he couldn't persuade these cowardly assclowns to do the right thing. You know why they didn't: Objections from the Home School lobby, who are (incorrectly) afraid that the treaty would somehow deprive them of the opportunity to home-school their disabled children. Why would anyone care about such a small group? Because they are affiliated with the nutjob Tea Partiers and the Repugnicans are too scared of getting primaried from the right.

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Date: 2012-12-05 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Kirk is absent; he had a stroke about nine months ago. He's been in rehab ever since and plans to return to the senate in January.

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Date: 2012-12-06 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellificent.livejournal.com
Oh wow. Well, it's good to hear he's doing well enough to be thinking about coming back, then!

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