Senate to take up START treaty as early as Wednesday
December 14th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate to take up START treaty as early as Wednesday

Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to begin debate on ratification of the START treaty as soon as Wednesday, after the Senate passes the tax cut package, according to his spokesman Jim Manley.

Senate Democrats had already planned on staying in session through the weekend and possibly into next week in order to debate the treaty, but were waiting for a green light from the White House. That now appears to have happened.

Another outstanding issue is funding the government. A resolution to keep the government running expires at week's end.

Manley said the Senate will "juggle" that, along with the START treaty.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    If we follow the Party Of No ramming it through Congress the first time, we should be done by the end of the day. That is if the Party of No expects to keep the same standards it followed when it was first negotiated by bus! Want to bet? They will drag this out till the next cession or take up till the break to finally vote on it. I bet that they will find something wrong with it!

    December 14, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    Quick, before START is ratified, nuke Afpakistan.

    December 14, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    When is the Senate going to take up job creation? The citizens have been waiting for 2 yrs. and patience is wearing thin.

    December 14, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Tighten yuor seatbelts everyone...we're about to head into the GOP's dead man's curve version of hypocritical demogoguery.

    December 14, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Take America Back from the Libs

    So this "Lame Duck Congress" is going to take up yet another very important issue (START) as if they were out of the country on November 2nd and missed the election results! So The Wicked Witch of the West; Nancy Pelosi who by-the-way answered a CBS reporter when asked if ObamaCare was constitutional?....."Are you kidding, Are you kidding"....well a FEDERAL judge just ruled that ObamaCare IS unconstitutional!
    Thus; allow me to ask Wicked Nancy and Wrecking Ball Reid....Are You Kidding?? Are You Kidding?? You GOT to be Kidding!

    December 14, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Me

    Well, now that we have given in to Republican demands and made sure that tax rates for The Rich stay at an all time low, maybe, Just maybe the Republicans will be kind enough to support the safety of our nation and making sure that our government continues to operate.

    This is our fault. If we had managed to keep The House we wouldn't have to make such a craptacular deal with the GOP. The Rich Peoples party. The party that will lead us to pluocracy

    December 14, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    The Dems need to keep working as long as they can. The minority party – Repubs – can't handle the work load and as they have done since they became the minority party – just lazily vote "No".
    No Congress has ever voted against an arms treaty, but these lazy-good-for-nothing self-serving insurgents (Repubs) will stop at nothing to damage the Presidency with the hopes that it will benefit them somehow.

    December 14, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    " is it just me that this doesn't make sense to? He is against adding to the deficit, but for keeping the tax cuts which in turn adds to the deficit?"

    It may be just you, but I doubt it. The trick is, you ahve to start from the very basic understanding that the GOP wants, more than anything else in the whole wide world, to rid themselves of that pesky federal government, it's consumer protections and regulations that protect people and the environment from the abuses of big business and, of course, its Constitution that keeps preventing them from discriminating against people, won't let them force everyone to live according to their religious beliefs, etc. etc. They've had in, enough is enough...they intend to win the Civil War by destroying the economy in order to tear down the federal government by eviscerating its budget. They want tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts and more tax cuts because it completely undermines the federal government's ability to, well, do anything whatsoever. They want a weak federal government (if any at all) that does nothing but provide a military for them to play with in their never-ending quest to perpetuate the military-industrial complex as a means of generating economic growth and power and destabilizing resource-rish regions that are ripe for exploitation. The loose conglomeration of nation states that we'll become will then have 50 different sets of rules for everyone to live by, 50 different levels of civil rights protections for unpopular minorities, etc. etc. It's their wet dream. If they can't own "them", they want "them" out of their states, where "they" keep interfering with their elections by...[insert shock and dismay]! Just look at who they accuse of voter fraud despite the complete absence of any evidence that it atkes place. It's all really very simple. They feel it is time for them to have their own country...because they think that's what this was and that it's been taken away from them by "the others."

    December 14, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    BTW, everyone shoudl head on over to YouTube to click on all the Glenn Beck and Limbaugh videos to label them as supporting terrorism. Nothing says "please bomb us" like spewing hate, vitriol, sterotypes and demogoguery.

    December 14, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. john, PA

    START is dead on arrival, the Senate Democrats better learn what the American people want!

    This midterm election was a mandate to stop Obama and the Democrats in charge.
    You better learn to agree on a lot more of what the American people want:
    Cut taxes!
    Repeal Obama care!
    End ear marks!
    Close the border!

    Senate Democrats, when the vote to override Obama’s veto come up,

    December 14, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. MAC

    Unless the USA can updated their Nuclear Weapons Systems and continue with the Anti-Missle Defense Systems, I would want my Senators and COngressman to say NO!

    December 14, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I did not think the GOP was concerned about national safety. They want to embarrass the president at the cost of ruining our country. Slime, thy name is GOP.

    December 14, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Bob in PA

    Yeah, the N.Koreans will really listen an pay attention if we start terring apart our Military programs.

    December 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |