April 8th, 2010
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Arms treaty to face GOP scrutiny in Senate


President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a major nuclear arms treaty Thursday, but critics in the Senate will have their say before anything is put in place. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a major nuclear arms treaty Thursday, but critics in the Senate will have their say before anything is put in place.

Among them is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who said in a statement Thursday that the Obama administration "will need to meet three requirements if it expects favorable consideration of the START follow-on treaty."

"The Senate will assess whether or not the agreement is verifiable, whether it reduces our Nation's ability to defend itself and our allies from the threat of nuclear armed missiles, and whether or not this administration is committed to preserving our own nuclear triad," McConnell said in a statement.

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty - known as START– builds on a previous agreement that expired in December. The agreement reduces the number of nuclear weapons held by the United States and Russia by about one-third, among other provisions.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, Va

    Mitch is already trying to find a way to obstruct this. Is there anything he or the GOP agree with the President on besides for war? I think not!

    April 8, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McConnell is misinformed therefore he is misleading the public on this arms treaty agreement which has nothing to do with the U.S. ability to defend itself. McConnell statement "whether or not this administration is committed to preserving our own nuclear triad" is totally stupid when this is a treaty of "reduction not entiely omitting of nuclear safeguards". McConnell needs to grow a brain.

    April 8, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. D.

    I am sure the WH will demand cooperation from Republicans after for year or so they were just ignored. I doubt they will just cooperate and this WH needs scrutiny with its liberal somewhat socialists off-main-stream personnel...

    April 8, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. badger

    This treaty will never be enough for the neo-con repug's. Even though is replaces and adds to a former treaty Mr. McNo will find fault and the rest of the repug's will march lock step with him.

    April 8, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. AK Steve

    Steps towards a more peaceful world means less money for our war machine (and all the contractors). The GOP will never accepts this.

    They may give it lip service, but then they'll tell us how we should fear for our safety and national security.

    Their minds are already made up, folks. There's just too much money to made with war. GOP will say NO.

    April 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Here we go...

    Let's see. I think in opposite land, the GOP says that you get to peace through nuclear weapons.

    You get to financial health by taking money from the poor and giving to the rich.

    You get to fairness by putting equality in the hands of corporate greed.

    You get to leadership by saying no.

    You get to religious freedom by imposing your religion on everyone else.

    You get to American history banning Jefferson.

    What else have you got GOP? I'm not buying any of it.

    April 8, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Pepou

    Thank you President Obama for reducing the risk of nuclear threat.

    April 8, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Fan

    GOP party of NO should not distract Obama from doing a good job. Well done Mr. President.

    April 8, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    Sen. McConnell left out one of the most important considerations–the treaty builds a strong coalition with our Russian allies for a more constructive effort to deal with Iran.

    Please remember: President Reagan also had the fundamental goal of abolishing ALL nuclear weapons at a time when my former GOP was more rational. Will McConnell continue to put misguided party obstruction first, ahead of our national security this time? I sincerely hope not.

    April 8, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. ib

    another disaster in the making for the country by Obama.

    April 8, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Alan in Ak

    What a republican going "NO" already. What a surprise.

    April 8, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You can scrutinize it until the cows come home it is a done deal. One, might I add, that your Great One, Reagan, was trying to accomplish under his administration.

    So this occassion should be an auspicious one for EVERYBODY, left and right. Let's enjoy the moment.

    April 8, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. ran

    More fear/hate/obstructionism/purity ideology by the Republicans.

    We need to elect more true Democrats or Independents in 2010 and in such #'s to force the Republicans to end their behavior of divide and conquer.

    I want ,like our founders ,a Government that is there to do for the people not for special interest groups who have more money to buy what they want from our government.

    April 8, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Obama's treaty gave Russia a needed respite from the financial drain of investing in nuclear deterrance. In return for this, the US received....well, we got....now hold on a sec......

    April 8, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. JK Ashburn, VA

    Those smiles are just like the ones we saw from Kennedy and Khruschev in 1961. Nikita K. suckered the inexperienced charismatic American leader and knew the guy was a fool. A year later, we had the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Watch out folks. "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it."

    April 8, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. RCasson

    Nice photo. Beautiful smile Mr. President.

    April 8, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Mo

    I hope Medvedev left at least 300 rubles on the table after he finished poor little naive Barry.

    April 8, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    So being the party of "NO" on healthcare wasn't enough for you. You have to be a roadblock to nuclear arms reduction as well.

    Okay....if you must but don't you guys get tired of being on the wrong side of everything?

    April 8, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Chris D.

    The more i examine this President, and the poloiticians around him on the left and right, the more I see that he is the only adult in the room.........Period!!!!

    April 8, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Amadea

    Gimme a break! They agreed to limit their nuclear 'stash' to 1550 nukes, each. Let's see ... that's a minimum of 3100 nuclear bombs ... just between two countries. Goodness knows how many other countries have how many nukes. Get real, people. This 'treaty' doesn't mean anything that can be contrued as significant. Simply another photo-op for the man.

    April 8, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Stacie

    C'mon you Reagan Conservatives, please work with Pres. Obama to complete the work started by your hero. Do you really have to say NO to this, too?

    April 8, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Mike

    This treaty needs to be gone over with a fine toothed comb. I would not doubt nobama is giving away alot more than we are receiving.

    April 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Mac

    Not surprised. Anything this president does will face a unified opposition. Republicans have no desire to work with President Obama to improve this country. Too bad we're too dumb of a country to realize that and this strategy will help the Republicans in November.

    April 8, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Larry

    Who cares?

    The Republican party has no more punch in this country anyway.

    As hard as they tried they couldn't block health care reform

    April 8, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |