FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2010
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Washington, D.C.â€“ Council for a Livable World today criticized the call from many Republican leaders to delay the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) until next year.
While there are still a number of other critical issues to be dealt with before the end of the year, the Senate should also have a final vote on New START before leaving town.
â€œImportant national security issues, like New START, should not fall by the wayside on account of the Christmas holiday,â€� said John Isaacs, Executive Director of the Council. â€œThe Senate is paid 365 days a year and with previous arms control treaties only taking a matter of days, Senators could stay and vote on New START with plenty of time left to enjoy their holidays.â€�
Isaacs added: â€œAll substantive concerns and questions have been addressed and New START enjoys overwhelming bipartisan support; the time is now to bring New START to the floor.â€�
New START requires modest reductions in the deployed strategic nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia and restores an essential means of monitoring and verifying each sideâ€™s nuclear forces that has been absent since the START I treaty expired on December 5, 2009.
â€œAs of today, it has been 369 days and counting since START I expired and with it our on-site monitoring and verification presence in Russia,â€� said Kingston Reif, Director of Non Proliferation at the Council. â€œWeâ€™re putting our national security at risk by continuing to delay consideration of this important treaty.â€�
Reif added, â€œItâ€™s encouraging that a growing number of Republican Senators are warming to a vote on the treaty before the end of the year. To do otherwise would be to deny the U.S. military an important tool it says it needs.â€�