In spite of an emotional plea from wheelchair-bound former GOP Sen. Bob Dole, who came to the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday from his Walter Reed Medical Center hospital room to urge passage, Idaho Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch said "no" to a United Nations treaty that declares that all citizens, regardless of ability, deserve to live in dignity, safety and equality.
While prominent Republicans such as Dole, his wife and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and current Sen. John McCain urged GOP lawmakers to vote the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, the treaty didn't obtain the two-thirds majority it needed to be ratified, failing on a 61-38 vote.
The treaty had already been ratified by 126 other nations.
Republicans had pushed back against the treaty, characterizing the measure as an intrusion into Americans' rights.
But Democratic Sen. John Kerry called the GOP votes and the ultimate defeat of the resolution "one of the saddest days I've seen in 28 years."