By Gwen Fishel
At a news conference Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D- Ill.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) shared the podium to voice their support for the passage of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Durbin stressed that this is an opportunity for America to take the lead on supporting the rights of people with disabilities, as there are currently around 54 million disabled Americans.
“What we need to do is take the gold standard of protecting the rights of the disabled in America and make it a global standard. That’s our goal,” said Durbin.
Both Durbin and McCain praised former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) for his unprecedented work for people with disabilities, and said this ratification is a chance to expand Dole’s vision.
“Bob Dole feels that this is part of a legacy he would like to leave for not only Americans, but people throughout the world,” said McCain.
Dole was a champion for people with disabilities during his tenure in Senate and a major driving force for the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, which barred discrimination against those with disabilities.
McCain said they thought that the ratification of the Convention could take place before the end of the year.