The U.S Senate voted today against ratifying a U.N. treaty that proponents said would offer international protection for people with disabilities. Critics of the bill (mostly Republicans) believed the bill would infringe on American sovereignty.
Sixty-seven votes were needed for the measure to pass. It fell short 61 to 38. In the aftermath of the vote, Twitter lit up with some generally depressing imagery.
We’ve compiled them here, though they may not be 100 percent factually accurate in their content.
Woman in wheelchair left senate gallery in tears after disabilities treaty FAILED
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) December 4, 2012
— David Crary (@CraryAP) December 4, 2012
How can you not support the UN Disabilities Act? Oh that’s right the GOP only cares about zygotes
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) December 4, 2012
Congress says no to UN disabilities treaty for disabled to enjoy the same rights & freedoms as fellow citizens: boston.com/business/news/…
— Brian Sutton (@bsutton530) December 4, 2012
@sengillibrandon behalf of my fellow New Yorkers with disabilities, thanks for trying. hopefully next time your coleagues will see sense.
— Kerri Regan (@keregan) December 4, 2012
Yet his daughter is disabled. What a disgusting man RT @zekejmiller: Santorum emails “You did it’ for killing UN disabilities treaty
— Rita A (@ritaag) December 4, 2012