Washington (CNN) - The Republican senator who opposes ratification this year of a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia made clear Sunday that politics, not policy, is the main issue.
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that the Senate won't have enough time in December's "lame-duck" session to properly consider the so-called START Treaty with Russia.
(CNN) - Senate leaders disagreed Sunday over if and when to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia.
Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said Congress has more urgent business to address than the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) when they continue the lame-duck session this week.
LISBON, Portugal (CNN) - Several nations once in the shadow of the Iron Curtain have a message for Republicans in Congress: Don't stop New START before it starts.
Making their appeal on behalf of the U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control treaty, the foreign ministers of Denmark, Norway, Latvia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Lithuania crashed a Saturday press conference by a senior U.S. administration official about talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. While President Barack Obama has said ratifying the treaty should be a top priority for Congress, key Republican senators have said they don't think a vote on it should be held before the new Congress convenes in January.
(CNN) - Congressional priorities were the topic of the presidential and Republican weekly video and radio addresses this week as Republicans urged a vote on tax cuts and the president focused on approval of the New START treaty.
"A failure to ratify New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) would be a dangerous gamble with America's national security," President Barack Obama said Saturday. "There is enough gridlock, enough bickering. If there is one issue that should unite us – as Republicans and Democrats – it should be our national security."
(CNN) - President Barack Obama urged the lame duck Senate to ratify the Russian arms control treaty Thursday, arguing that the United States "can't afford" to gamble on the need to monitor Russia's nuclear stockpile.
Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs vowed Wednesday that President Obama will have the votes to get an arms control treaty ratified during the lame duck session of Congress, despite a top Republican Senator's insistence that it be delayed until next year.
The time frame is crucial because if there is a delay for the treaty, which needs 67 votes for passage, a new Senate with a slimmer Democratic majority will be sworn in come January. In that case Obama would suddenly need to line up seven more Republican votes from GOP freshmen who are generally very skeptical of both the Obama administration's foreign policy in general and the treaty in particular.
Washington (CNN) - CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty caught up with Sen. Jon Kyle, R-Arizona, as he walked to the Senate floor with Sen. John Kerry, D- Massachusetts. Asked about the negotiations over voting on START during the lame duck session, Kyl said, "We're talking. In good faith."
If approved, the new START treaty would re-start mutual inspections while limiting both the United States and Russia to 1,550 warheads and 700 launchers.
Top Democrats were stunned Tuesday when Kyl, the Republican point man for Senate deliberations over the treaty, said in a statement that he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that the accord should not be considered before January, when the newly elected Congress is seated.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly three out of four Americans say lawmakers should ratify a nuclear treaty with Russia that's stalled in the Senate, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 73 percent of the public says the U.S. should vote in favor of a recently signed treaty between President Barack Obama and Russia that would reduce the number of nuclear weapons in each country, with 23 percent saying the accord should not be ratified by the Senate.
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Washington (CNN) - A key Republican senator cast doubt Tuesday on the Obama administration's chances of passing the nuclear treaty with Russia during the lame-duck session of Congress.
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, who is taking the lead for Republicans on negotiating with the administration on the treaty's ratification, said in a statement he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, that the accord should not be considered before January, when the newly elected Congress is seated.