Hill Presence for BVA at Bob Dole Event
BVA Executive Director Al Avina and Director of Government Relations Tom Zampieri participated in a reception held in honor of Former Senator Bob Dole on December 4.
Former U.S. Senate Minority Leader and Presidential candidate Bob Dole greets Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) at reception in his honor prior to Senate ratification vote on CRPD.
Snowe herself is about to join the ranks of former Senators as she nears retirement at the end of the current Lame Duck session.
The event, hosted by the U.S. International Council on Disabilities in the Senate Foreign Relations Hearing Room, occurred just prior to a historic vote to pass the resolution for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
It brought together dozens of Senate staffers, past and present members of the Senate, and representatives of disability groups from across the country to welcome Dole back to the Senate and to thank him for his support of the treaty. CRPD was negotiated during the administration of George W. Bush and signed by President Obama in 2009.
Later in the day, the 61 Senate votes in favor of the treaty fell five short of the needed two-thirds majority required by the U.S. Constitution. The vote total required 66 or two-thirds of the Senators present for ratification.
CRPD had already been approved by the European Union and 125 countries. It will likely come up for ratification again in 2013.