Ratification Of START Treaty Looks Likely
The Hill reports that GOP Senators are conceding that they don’t have the votes to block ratification of the START Treaty:
Republican senators say privately they expect the Senate to ratify the New START treaty this week, which would hand President Obama his third major victory of the lame-duck session.
GOP senators — including those who plan to vote for the treaty and those who say they’ll oppose it — have told The Hill they expect it to pass easily.
At least seven Republican senators have announced they either will vote to ratify the treaty or are leaning strongly toward doing so. That means Democrats are only two GOP votes shy of ratification.
Two-thirds of the senators present in the chamber, assuming there is a quorum, must vote “aye” to ratify.
Two more GOP senators said Monday afternoon they are likely to support the treaty.
“I’m leaning toward supporting the treaty but I want to makes sure our side gets a fair hearing,” Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) said.
Said George Voinovich (Ohio): “I support it.”
The arguments in favor of the treaty, not the least of them being the money that will be saved from the reduction in America’s nuclear arsenal, are rather apparent. The main argument against ratification at this point seems to be that it’s being done in a lame duck session. However, this won’t be the first time that a major treaty was ratified in a lame duck session, the same thing happened with NAFTA in 1994.