START Nuke Treaty With Russia Ratified in 71-26 Vote
December 22, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—The START nuke treaty with Russia was finally ratified by the Senate today, with a vote of 71-26, just four votes over the 67 needed for passage of a US treaty. Vice President Joe Biden presided during the historic vote that had come down to the wire in the lame-duck Congress, after months of obstructionism and politically-based opposition from Republican Senators determined to deny President Obama a foreign policy victory. And our national security be damned.
The START treaty will now put a mechanism in place to reduce nuclear arsenals, as well as implement a monitoring system.
The LA Times writes:
“Under the treaty, Russia and the United States agree to limit the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550 each, down from the ceiling of 2,200. The pact also establishes a system for monitoring and verification. The treaty was signed by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on April 8.”
The Republicans led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) fought the ratification of the treaty right up until the floor vote.
“The partisan politics of ratification were clear in the debate. In his comments, Cornyn mentioned the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Obama in the early days of his administration. The citation praised Obama for creating a new climate in international politics, Cornyn noted.”
‘”You ask what is the relevance of this to consideration to the START treaty,” Cornyn chided. “I fear that the New START treaty will serve as another data in a narrative of weakness, pursuing diplomacy for its own sake or indulging in a utopian dream of a world without nuclear weapons divorced from hard reality.”‘
What a jerk.
Republican Senators voting to ratify the treaty were: Richard Lugar (IN), George Voinovich (OH), Scott Brown (MA), Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson (GA), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Thad Cochran (MS) Bob Bennett (UT) and surprisingly, Mike Johanns (NB).
Let’s take a look back at Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA) takedown of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) obstructionist nonsense on the Senate floor: