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Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Response « Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Treaty) « Important Federal Legislation/ Issues

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow - Michigan

Dear Patricia,

Thank you for contacting me about protecting the rights of people with disabilities. I understand your concerns.

I have been a life-long advocate for people with disabilities. While a member of the Michigan State Legislature, I authored numerous bills benefiting people with disabilities and their families, including the Children's Mental Health Act and the Handicapper Small Business Procurement Act. In 1990, I helped negotiate the Handicapper Civil Rights Act, which today gives people with disabilities in Michigan some of the strongest civil rights protections in the country.

Now as your U.S. Senator, my commitment to this issue has not wavered. Quality programs for health, education, and job training are vital to so many Michigan families who rely on specialized care. In addition to keeping families connected to their communities, assistance programs for people with disabilities are a cost-effective form of treatment.

As you may know, the United States became a signatory to the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on July 30, 2009. The convention adopts a broad categorization of persons with disabilities and reaffirms that all persons must enjoy all human rights and personal freedoms. I voted for this treaty, but unfortunately it did not receive the two-thirds majority needed for ratification, as required by the Constitution. However, you can count on my continued support for responsible policies that support people with disabilities.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.


Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
The United States Senate • Washington, DC 20510