December 21, 2010


Senate Advances Arms Treaty

The U.S. Senate voted 67 to 28 "to advance a new arms control treaty that would pare back American and Russian nuclear arsenals, reaching the two-thirds margin needed for approval despite a concerted Republican effort to block ratification," the New York Times reports.

"Eleven Republicans joined every Democrat present to support the treaty, known as New Start, which now heads to a seemingly certain final vote of approval on Wednesday, as the Senate wraps up business before heading out of town. Voting against the treaty were 28 Republicans who argued that it could hurt national security."

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told the Washington Post that he expects the arms treaty will likely get 70 votes for ratification, with a final vote slated for Wednesday afternoon.










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