While the overwhelming majority of the dialogue on Capitol Hill has recently been focused on immigration, international conflicts and other pressing issues related to the nation's economy, it has expanded over the last few weeks to include discussions about the very important issue of disability.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators along with various veterans' rights groups renewed their call for Congress to take steps to adopt the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For those unfamiliar with this treaty, it is essentially modeled after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act in that it mandates that all disabled people be afforded equality under the law.
141 nations have already taken steps to ratify the treaty, but the U.S. has yet to do so. Here, the delay stems primarily from apprehension that its passage would serve to introduce onerous new regulations on businesses.