Senator Scott Brown -Treachery be thy name

December 4, 2012 in Scott Brown, Senator Scott Brown, Senator Scott Brown Versus The Tea Party, Treaties, UN CRPD Treaty

treach·er·y  (trch-r)

n. pl. treach·er·ies

1. Willful betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust; perfidy.
2. The act or an instance of such betrayal.

   Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest

                                – Benjamin Franklin

 

In September the Heritage Foundation posted the following Story:

Senate Conservatives Gather Enough Votes to Block Lame Duck Treaties

Lachlan Markay

September 21, 2012 at 9:28 am

A group of Senate conservatives has gathered enough support to block any treaties that come up for a vote during the lame duck session.

A total of 36 Senators pledged, in a letter drafted by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to Majority and Minority leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to “oppose efforts to consider a treaty during” the lame duck session.

Because treaties require a two-thirds majority in the Senate to reach the president’s desk, the group of Senators will be able to block any treaties considered after the Nov. 6 election.

“The writers of the Constitution clearly believed that all treaties presented to the Senate should undergo the most thorough scrutiny before being agreed upon,” the letter states. “The American people will be electing representatives and senators in November, and the new representatives carrying the election mandate should be afforded the opportunity to review and consider any international agreements that are outstanding at the time of their election.”

Some Senators had expressed hope that their house would ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (commonly known as the Law of the Sea Treaty) in a lame duck session. The treaty was blocked earlier this year by Senators who noted that it would cede some level of U.S. sovereignty to an international body, force the United States to forgo some level oil and gas royalty revenue, and would produce few tangible benefits.

The Heritage Foundation’s Steve Groves testified on LOST before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

A U.N. treaty on persons with disabilities may also be considered during a lame duck session. Lee this week blocked an attempt to pass that treaty by unanimous consent. “For various reasons we don’t think any treaty should come up during the lame duck time period and we will continue to oppose any treaty passage,” Lee said. “If it is true that it is too fast to move a treaty through during a lame duck, then it’s also too fast to move it through now.”

Here is a link  to Lee’s letter to Reid and McConnell: http://www.scribd.com/doc/106565831/Lee-Toomey-lame-duck-letter

 As you can see from the foregoing link,  Senator Scott Brown was a signatory to the Pledge that clearly stated that , “We request that no treaties be brought to the Senate floor during a lame-duck period, and will oppose efforts to consider a treaty during this time.”

 Today, our Senator Scott Brown broke his pledge, voted for the CRPD Treaty and demonstrated his treachery.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Resolution of Ratification (Resolution of Ratification Treaty Doc. 112-7 )
Vote Number: 219 Vote Date: December 4, 2012, 12:06 PM
Required For Majority: 2/3 Vote Result: Resolution of Ratification Rejected
Treaty Number: Treaty Doc. 112-7
Treaty Title: The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13, 2006, and signed by the United States of America on June 30, 2009 (the “Convention”)

 

Vote Counts: YEAs

61

  NAYs

38

  Not Voting

1

 

Vote Summary

By Senator Name

By Vote Position

By Home State

 

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka (D-HI), Yea 
Alexander (R-TN), Nay 
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea 
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea 
Baucus (D-MT), Yea 
Begich (D-AK), Yea 
Bennet (D-CO), Yea 
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea 
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea 
Blunt (R-MO), Nay 
Boozman (R-AR), Nay 
Boxer (D-CA), Yea 
Brown (D-OH), Yea 
Brown (R-MA), Yea 
Burr (R-NC), Nay 

Cantwell (D-WA), Yea 
Cardin (D-MD), Yea 
Carper (D-DE), Yea 
Casey (D-PA), Yea 
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay 
Coats (R-IN), Nay 
Coburn (R-OK), Nay 
Cochran (R-MS), Nay 
Collins (R-ME), Yea 
Conrad (D-ND), Yea 
Coons (D-DE), Yea 
Corker (R-TN), Nay 
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay 
Crapo (R-ID), Nay 
DeMint (R-SC), Nay 
Durbin (D-IL), Yea 
Enzi (R-WY), Nay 
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea 
Franken (D-MN), Yea 
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea 
Graham (R-SC), Nay 
Grassley (R-IA), Nay 
Hagan (D-NC), Yea 
Harkin (D-IA), Yea 
Hatch (R-UT), Nay 
Heller (R-NV), Nay 
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay 
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay 
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay 
Inouye (D-HI), Yea 
Isakson (R-GA), Nay 
Johanns (R-NE), Nay 
Johnson (D-SD), Yea 
Johnson (R-WI), Nay 
Kerry (D-MA), Yea 
Kirk (R-IL), Not Voting 
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea 
Kohl (D-WI), Yea 
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay 
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea 
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea 
Leahy (D-VT), Yea 
Lee (R-UT), Nay 
Levin (D-MI), Yea 
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea 
Lugar (R-IN), Yea 
Manchin (D-WV), Yea 
McCain (R-AZ), Yea 
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea 
McConnell (R-KY), Nay 
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea 
Merkley (D-OR), Yea 
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea 
Moran (R-KS), Nay 
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea 
Murray (D-WA), Yea 
Nelson (D-FL), Yea 
Nelson (D-NE), Yea 
Paul (R-KY), Nay 
Portman (R-OH), Nay 
Pryor (D-AR), Yea 
Reed (D-RI), Yea 
Reid (D-NV), Yea 
Risch (R-ID), Nay 
Roberts (R-KS), Nay 
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea 
Rubio (R-FL), Nay 
Sanders (I-VT), Yea 
Schumer (D-NY), Yea 
Sessions (R-AL), Nay 
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea 
Shelby (R-AL), Nay 
Snowe (R-ME), Yea 
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea 
Tester (D-MT), Yea 
Thune (R-SD), Nay 
Toomey (R-PA), Nay 
Udall (D-CO), Yea 
Udall (D-NM), Yea 
Vitter (R-LA), Nay 
Warner (D-VA), Yea 
Webb (D-VA), Yea 
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea 
Wicker (R-MS), Nay 
Wyden (D-OR), Yea 

 

 

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00219