Votes Should Be In Place To Ratify START Treaty

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The Senate votes Wednesday on the START treaty, and it appears there are enough votes to ratify it. The treaty with Russia would cap nuclear warheads and restart on-site weapons inspections.


As the lame-duck session in Congress winds down, President Obama is expecting an important foreign policy triumph. It involves the nuclear arms treaty with Russia known as New START. The Senate voted yesterday to end debate, which should clear the way for a final vote of approval that could come today.

Many leaders in the military and foreign policy community have called for ratification of the treaty. But some Republicans have complained about the terms and say they want more time to consider it. The treaty calls on both Russia and the U.S. to reduce their nuclear warheads by nearly a third, down to 1,550.

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