Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
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Senate Committee Votes to Advance Marrakesh Treaty

National Federation of the Blind Commends Committee Vote

Washington, DC (May 22, 2018): The Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate voted unanimously today in favor of advancing the Marrakesh Treaty to the full Senate for its advice and consent. The National Federation of the Blind commends the vote.

“The National Federation of the Blind was a principal leader in the development and negotiation of the Marrakesh Treaty,” said Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “By allowing the worldwide production and exchange of accessible books, the treaty will dramatically increase the availability of knowledge to blind people everywhere. We commend the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for its favorable action today, and urge the full Senate to support the treaty so that the door to expanded literacy will be unlocked for millions of blind Americans.”