Updated Apr 4, 2013 - 5:58 pm
House has fierce debate over UN mandates
PHOENIX -- A largely symbolic effort to block Arizona from enforcing a United Nations resolution on sustainability by conservative Republicans in the House set of a fierce floor debate with Democrats.
Republican Rep. Carl Seel says the non-binding treaty known as the Rio Declaration imposes outside mandates on the United States. The non-binding treaty was signed by then President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
Democrats fiercely objected when Seel tried to amend a bill blocking Arizona from helping detain citizens involved in terrorism without trial to add the anti-U.N. mandate. They called the Republicans `conspiracy theories.''
After an hour of debate Thursday, the GOP-controlled House passed the amendment and the underlying bill with all but one Republican in support. Seel says it's unlikely to advance because the Senate isn't hearing new bills.