Skip to comments.13 Freshman Senators Kill LOST Treaty
Posted on 07/16/2012 6:00:41 PM PDT by cotton1706
This was supposed to be the year the U.S. Senate finally ratified the age-old Law of the Sea Treaty. That was apparently enough motivation for conservatives to rally the grassroots and sink the treaty once again. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced that he had secured commitments from 34 senators to oppose LOST, ensuring it would not be ratified by the Senate this year. Because it requires 67 votes for the Senate to approve treaties, only 34 votes are needed block them. The 34 senators include: 1.Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) 2.Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) 3.Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) 4.Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 5.Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 6.Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) 7.Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) 8.Sen. Jim Demint (R-SC) 9.Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) 10.Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) 11.Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 12.Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) 13.Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 14.Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 15.Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) 16.Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 17.Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) 18.Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) 19.Sen. John Thune (R-SD) 20.Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 21.Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) 22.Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) 23.Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) 24.Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) 25.Sen. Mark Rubio (R-FL) 26.Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) 27.Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) 28.Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) 29.Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) 30.Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 31.Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) 32.Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) 33.Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 34.Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
The treaty offered little upside for the United States in the view of many conservatives. Yet it would have instituted a new, international legal regime and further eroded American sovereignty. DeMint spearheaded a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to outline the opposition. It was signed by 31 of the 34 senators. Isakson announced his opposition independently and Portman and Ayotte wrote a separate letter. Heres the full text of the DeMint letter: We understand that Chairman Kerry has renewed his efforts to pursue Senate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. We are writing to let you know that we believe this Convention reflects political, economic, and ideological assumptions which are inconsistent with American values and sovereignty. By its current terms, the Law of the Sea Convention encompasses economic and technology interests in the deep sea, redistribution of wealth from developed to undeveloped nations, freedom of navigation in the deep sea and exclusive economic zones which may impact maritime security, and environmental regulation over virtually all sources of pollution. To effect the treatys broad regime of governance, we are particularly concerned that United States sovereignty could be subjugated in many areas to a supranational government that is chartered by the United Nations under the 1982 Convention. Further, we are troubled that compulsory dispute resolution could pertain to public and private activities including law enforcement, maritime security, business operations, and nonmilitary activities performed aboard military vessels. If this treaty comes to the floor, we will oppose its ratification.
Let's sent thirteen more fresh-minded treaty-killers to the senate. It's a nice American number!! And a great slogan: "13 in '12!"
Note that Hatch was pulled to the good side. Primaries'll do that to ya!
Thank God! Some sanity still exists.
I think we can finally get rid of Stabenow this time around.
Good. Some things are better off dead.
Wicker’s name is on the list, guess who’s not?
Finally, there is a decent story out of the moribund Senate. Way to go, GOP!
Obama and the democrats are saying double-dog-day-you on extending the Bush tax cuts only for the middle class.
The response should be "Make My Day"!
Thank God for this!
I don’t see McStupid on the list, by the way. We are stuck with the little treasonous rat for five more years. He really needs to be sidelined. He’s behind the extreme constitutional offenses of DHS.
Good for the 34 but it would be prudent to keep securing more lest someone ‘turn’ at the critical moment.
Those R’s that are voting FOR should have the light shined upon them with ‘threats’ to R general fund raisers that any money in their directions means a cut off of funds. I never was able to give a lot but when the RNC kept supporting those NE RINO’s I put my couple of shekels back in my pocket.
Also, I have been ‘promoting’ a down with incumbents for quite a few years now...
I just hope dingy harry doesn’t call a special midnight meeting (at the last minute) and then he only need 34 votes to pass it. (Quorum 51 2/3rds =34)
Thank you Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
Proud of my 2 Alabama senators!
The senatorial and congressional races are the key. Romney doesn’t seem to want to win so he will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the presidency. He’ll be elected on conservative coattails instead of the other way around.
I think it is as important to give them praise when they do something right as smack them with a rolled up newspaper when the do wrong.
Hip Hip Hooray!!! Can we identify the treasonous senators who wanted to ratify this POS treaty?
Finally—some Patriots in the Senate.
Don’t you guys know? Liberal policies are never defeated. They just come back for vote after vote until it’s passed.
I bet Lugar, R IN was one. We will have Mr. Mourdock real R IN in 2012.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.