The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty has not yet been ratified by the Senate and even though there are only a few days left in the lame-duck session, we’re still very hopeful it will be get done by the end of the year.
We have just received indications that the Senate will consider New START this week, with debate starting as soon as this evening.
Recently, three Republican Senators released positive statements about New START treaty.
The ever-cautious-and-unwilling-to-commit Senators from Maine finally endorsed the treaty. Senator Snowe issued a statement praising the treaty and stating: “I am confident that New START will provide predictability in our relationship with Russia and thus enhance global stability, and most importantly, our national security.”
Senator Collins also put out a statement endorsing the treaty, granting that the Administration had addressed her concerns.
Massachusetts Senator Brown (sort of) joined in: “I’m not party to any agreement right now,” Brown said. “I think we need to do taxes and the CR. Then we need to move on. The next thing I think we should do after that is START.” Not a full-throated endorsement, but getting close.
There is still time to get this treaty done, if you have not contacted your Senator, please consider taking a few minutes to send them a quick letter or calling the capitol switchboard at this toll free number, (888) 475-8162, and encouraging them to give their consent to ratify New START before the end of the year!
Thank you for all your hard work!