chapter  1
Bipartisanship in the US Senate: Recovery and Relapse
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One day in December 2012, the paradoxes of partisanship in the US Senate were on vivid display.

At 11:30 a.m., a press conference was held in the ornate anteroom of the old Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing room on the first floor of the US Capitol Building for the purpose of raising support for the ratification by the Senate of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Treaties, under the US Constitution, if they are to be binding on the United States, must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Senate, or 67 senators.