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Obama seeks 2nd chance for UN disabilities pact

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is pushing for ratification of a U.N. accord on the rights of the disabled less than a year after Senate Republicans voted it down.

It's unclear whether the administration has won over GOP skeptics, but top aides to President Barack Obama are lobbying hard for another vote.

Secretary of State John Kerry will testify this week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power has made several trips to the Capitol for meetings with senior lawmakers, and officials have sought to mobilize veterans and disabled groups, religious organizations and the business community.

A Foreign Relations Committee vote could come as early as December.

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Power said, "We want to lead the struggle to make these rights universal."


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