Reid: Senate to take up disability treaty while defense amendments are negotiated

Republicans have expressed concern over the treaty, saying they don’t want international treaties writing U.S. law. But advocates for the treaty have said it’s based on the American Disabilities Act, granting people with disabilities equal rights, meaning U.S. law already follows the treaty.

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Democrats have indicated  they’d be open to amendments to the treaty, which would require countries that adopt it to equalize access for people with disabilities.

Reid also said the Senate would proceed to S.676, a bill to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes, sometimes called the “Carcieri Fix,” on Wednesday.

Reid said if cloture is not invoked on the motion to proceed to the "Carcieri Fix" bill Wednesday, he’d continue to work with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinSenate continues to disrespect Constitution, Obama and Supreme Court by not voting on Garland As other regulators move past implementing Dodd-Frank, the SEC falls further behind Will partisan politics infect the Supreme Court? MORE (D-Mich.) and ranking member Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain names Britney Spears as a favorite Trump haunts McCain's reelection fight Primary opponent: McCain has 'issues about race' MORE (R-Ariz.) on an agreement to move forward on the defense authorization bill, S. 3254.

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump, Clinton boost Snapchat spending Clinton enjoying edge over Trump in Silicon Valley Trump gets little backing from Silicon Valley MORE (R-Ky.) is filibustering the defense bill, which would set defense policy and authorize more than $600 billion in Pentagon spending, until he gets a vote on his amendment limiting indefinite detention.

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