START likely to be approved
December 21st, 2010
11:18 AM ET
12 years ago

START likely to be approved

(CNN) - At least nine Senate Republicans plan to vote for the START treaty, giving it enough support for Senate approval, according to a CNN estimate.

Senators prepared to cast a key procedural vote Tuesday on the new arms control treaty with Russia as backers and opponents of the accord made their final arguments.

Proponents of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as New START, received a potentially critical boost as a member of the Senate GOP leadership - Tennessee's Lamar Alexander - announced his intention to vote for the measure.

The treaty, if ratified, would resume inspections of each country's nuclear arsenal while limiting both the United States and Russia to 1,550 warheads and 700 launchers.

The treaty "leaves our country with enough nuclear warheads to blow any attacker to Kingdom Come," Alexander declared on the Senate floor. "I'm convinced that Americans are safer and more secure with the New START treaty than without it."

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  1. king

    this treaty is vital to america's national security. the cold war ended nearly 30 years ago. there is no imanent threat over the horizon that we should be concerned about. these repugs need to get their old heads out of the 50s and 60s and start looking forward to the future and its challenges. we cant afford to maintain all those old weapons with the state that the economy is in at the moment. who need 1000 nuclear weapon any ways. and where can that much weapons explode and dont stop the earth from existing. we definately dont need to start an arms race putting the american people through the same fears, that the people in the 50s, 60, and 70s went through, i know that fear mungerining is the repugs favorite tool and seem to work alot. but we dont need that right now. they can tell their big corpoarte friends that their wont be no arms race, so they can go look for some other products to produce.

    December 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. rusty155

    Good It should pass.

    December 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Me

    Okay, That's good
    Now, What other piece of important legislation do we need to get through before everything grinds to a halt when the Republican House comes in?
    Because, when the Republicans take control of The House, our nation's problems are going to take a back seat. The Republican angenda, their primary goal for the next 2 years is the utter destruction of President Obama, the economy and un-employment be damned, they want to destroy Obama.
    So get what you can while the getting is good. Don't waste time celebrating anything!
    Just take what you can get and run! It's not like the people appreciate your hard work.

    December 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Marty, FL

    Good to hear!

    Americans will be taking names of the politicians against ratification, since the clear majority in our country support the START treaty for our national security.

    December 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. gt

    good .. now get out of afganistan and iraq...

    December 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. rachel

    Good the president and secretary of state worked hard on this.

    December 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/John Boehner The Crybaby

    If that is the case, what's the holdup? They need to ratify the treaty ASAP and get on to adopting the 9/11 bill. Sen. Kyl is becoming more and more dispicable everyday. These republican fascist claim that this is being rushed and jammed down their throat, but the bill has been in Congress all year. WTF?

    December 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. once upon a horse

    uh oh this looks like it might be another win for President Obama and that just HAS to make the far right totally p/oed. Too bad folks like McCain caved on the Dream Act but perhaps he'll also get the 9/11 responder bill as well. Now watch as the poll numbers go up!

    December 21, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Four and More

    This should not be a left-right issue. Pass START now, because it is the correct thing to do for America.

    December 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    this treaty was not something started under Obama..this goes back as far as Regan...Clinton and both Bushes. What bothers the Republicans I bet is not the treaty but WHO it's going to pass under. A Democrat president and not only that but the one who from day one they have done nothing but obstruct and try to get him to fail. It's all politics my friend...all politics.

    December 21, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. obama2012

    @ fitz, sounds to me u dont even know what this treaty is. And what trump cards were played, the whole world know we can nuke whoever we want to nuke. U some like a true fox news watcher, lol.

    December 21, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Carmelle

    So I have some interesting questions....For all the new Repubs who will be voting for this treaty....

    Does that mean that they are "making America less safe" along with Obama?
    Are they now communists too like Obama?
    Where is the eroding support due to the DADT vote?????!!!!

    because that's what McConnell/Kyl/Coker/Graham claimed last Sunday!! So which one is it LOSING LIARS?!?

    December 21, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Jacob

    Scott Brown and Olympia Snowe are two high profile GOP superstars! their unwillingness to join their "Do Nothing" party is inspiring! A big thanks to them, and for the other GOP senators who have broken step! Progress!

    December 21, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Julie C

    This would be great, not only for the country (and rest of the world) but to see the Repubs cringe over the fact that Obama is the one getting it done! Dang, they just hate it when he's successful, don't they? The Repubs cackle and scream about "doing what American voters are asking". Well, the majority of this country wants this passed, yet the majority of GOP continue to obstruct. Their sole reason is to see Obama fail at the expense of what's good for America. Shame on the GOP, yet again with the exception of those who choose what Americans really do pass START. Denying first 9/11 responders health care? More shame on the GOP; how embarrassing.

    December 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |