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US-Russia nuclear pact could face US Senate fight
AFP ^ | 4/8/2010 | AFP

Posted on 04/08/2010 6:53:32 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Top Democratic allies of President Barack Obama called Thursday for quick Senate ratification of a US-Russia treaty committing the former Cold War foes to major nuclear arms cuts.

"This is too important to delay," said Democratic Senator John Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee tasked with taking up the pact before a full vote by the entire chamber.

Kerry said he would work with the panel's top Republican, Richard Lugar, after the Obama administration submits the full treaty "in early May" to hold hearings and "see that this historic treaty is ratified this year."

Obama has called on the Senate to meet that timetable, but Democrats and their two independent allies hold only 59 of the 67 votes needed to approve the treaty, meaning they will need to rally eight Republicans.

With November mid-term elections on the horizon and a bitterly partisan climate in Washington, prospects for doing so were unclear, and Republicans have signaled strong concerns over the new accord.

"You could probably quibble over renaming a post office on any given day in the United States Senate. That's not to say at the end of the day there isn't enough space and time to do this this year," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said in Prague, where Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the deal.

The White House and its allies have underlined that most past arms control deals have easily cleared the US Senate, which is charged by the US Constitution with voting to bring such agreements into force.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carllevin; nuclearstockpile; nucleartriad; richardlugar; ussenate

1 posted on 04/08/2010 6:53:33 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

Let’s Roll!!!


2 posted on 04/08/2010 6:54:33 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Yo Barry, IF FOR 20 YEARS YOU STAY IN THE PEW, IT'S BECAUSE YOU SHARE THE VIEW!!!!!)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Yes


3 posted on 04/08/2010 6:55:33 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

If Kerry wants it done quick, then it must be a terrible treaty. For the US, that is.


4 posted on 04/08/2010 6:59:37 PM PDT by silverleaf (Karl Marx was NOT one of America's Founding Fathers)
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To: sonofstrangelove

We are doomed, the force of the left is too strong to fight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxLV0bVysnk


5 posted on 04/08/2010 7:01:37 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: sonofstrangelove
"This is too important to delay," said Democratic Senator John Kerry,

The socialists tried to use the same tactic for their unconstitutional health care.
6 posted on 04/08/2010 7:04:18 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Oh and boohooo Obama!!! Still think you don’t need those pesky Republicans?


7 posted on 04/08/2010 7:05:05 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Top Democratic allies of President Barack Obama called Thursday for quick Senate ratification of a US-Russia treaty

"Let's just pass it to see what is in it!"

8 posted on 04/08/2010 7:05:14 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Man50D
The socialists tried to use the same tactic for their unconstitutional health care.

And it's "historic" too

9 posted on 04/08/2010 7:05:31 PM PDT by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I sure as hell hope it so.

Kill the treaty...


10 posted on 04/08/2010 7:06:34 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: sonofstrangelove

Everything this administration wants has to be quick.

Before the people know what’s exactly in the crap they are implementing.

Slow is good. Stop is better.


11 posted on 04/08/2010 7:09:31 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: sonofstrangelove

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SALT-2

SALT 2. Welcome back, Carter.


12 posted on 04/08/2010 7:09:52 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

The United States really got screwed with SALT 1 and 2.


13 posted on 04/08/2010 7:10:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove

These bastards are always in a big frigging hurry to pass laws or sign treaties.
When ever anyone pushes you to hurry up on a deal you know they are going to screw you.


14 posted on 04/08/2010 7:10:39 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Man50D

They always roll out that tired tactic for every slimy, sneaky, underhanded, anti-American, anti-democratic thing they try. Which is virtually everything they do.


15 posted on 04/08/2010 7:10:59 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: o_zarkman44
Slow is good. Stop is better.

Reverse is the best.

16 posted on 04/08/2010 7:14:20 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Obama has called on the Senate to meet that timetable, but Democrats and their two independent allies hold only 59 of the 67 votes needed to approve the treaty, meaning they will need to rally eight Republicans

Any Republicans who vote for this POS treaty needs to be targeted and hounded out of office whenever they come up for reelection.

17 posted on 04/08/2010 7:17:39 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: sonofstrangelove

This treaty is DOA.

any Senator that votes for this deserves to be tossed out of office asap


18 posted on 04/08/2010 7:24:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Man50D; All
"The socialists tried to use the same tactic for their unconstitutional health care."

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19 posted on 04/08/2010 7:26:08 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: sonofstrangelove

>> they will need to rally eight Republicans.

Good luck with that. If there were ever a cause to rally even the RINOs, killing this turkey should be it.

If they can’t pull it off, then the Stupid Party can go rot.


20 posted on 04/08/2010 7:27:49 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Eat more spinach! Make Green Jobs for America!)
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To: sonofstrangelove
"This is too important to delay," said Democratic Senator John Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Of course. Kerry's used to surrendering.

21 posted on 04/08/2010 7:39:46 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Alfred E. Neuman for President! Oh, wait a minute ...)
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To: sonofstrangelove
"The White House and its allies have underlined that most past arms control deals have easily cleared the US Senate..."

But the Kyoto Treaty was never ratified, and the Dims can't muster the votes to pass it to this day.

I wonder how Joe Liberalman will vote...

22 posted on 04/08/2010 7:43:41 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: sonofstrangelove
Well let's see. They need 8. they will have at least

Almost certainly "Yea" (4): Snowe, Collins, Lugar, Voinovich

Likely "Yea" (2): Bennett (UT), LeMieux (FL)

Coin-flips (2): McCain, Graham (SC)

That's 8. Did I miss anyone? Scott Brown is a concern, of course.

23 posted on 04/08/2010 8:28:15 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Redbob

They passed easily because there was not a fight. This time there will be a fight. This is a horrible treaty that emasculates our nuclear deterrent and our ability to deliver a second strike against Russia and Ching.


24 posted on 04/08/2010 8:28:41 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: montag813
The goal is turn those “Yes” in “No” votes.If we tell them if they vote "no" means that it will jeopardize their seats in November.
25 posted on 04/08/2010 8:30:33 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: sonofstrangelove
The goal is turn those “Yes” in “No” votes.If we tell them if they vote "Yes" means that it will jeopardize their seats in November. Sorry for the mistake.
26 posted on 04/08/2010 8:31:41 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution."-Dr.Wernher Von Braun)
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To: VeniVidiVici
More than surrendering. Kerry has been guilty of treason before, but he got away with it, so he's free to do it again. Just like Billie Ayers.

A major theme of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) in 1971 involved sending representatives to Paris and to Hanoi to meet with communist leaders. John Kerry has admitted to meeting in 1970 in Paris with Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Foreign Minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government, the "waiting-in-the-wings government" ready to take over South Vietnam once the Communists won. Kerry was still in the Navy at that time.


27 posted on 04/08/2010 8:40:31 PM PDT by hellbender
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