New Intel Leads Senators to Oppose START Ratification; Treaty Clears Panel, but Quick Floor Vote Unlikely

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New Intel Leads Senators to Oppose START Ratification; Treaty Clears Panel, but Quick Floor Vote Unlikely


Byline: Eli Lake, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Two Senate Republicans expressed new concerns about a strategic arms pact with Russia that could imperil formal ratification as the treaty was voted out of committee on Thursday.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted by 14-4 to approve what is called New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

The Senate could hold a full debate and a vote this year, although senators have said the vote could be delayed until next year.

Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a classified letter Wednesday evening to the chairman and the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee laying out a series of objections to the treaty.

In a statement Thursday, Mr. Bond said, In their rush to pass a treaty before Congress can evaluate the intelligence community's assessment on its impact and the treaty's lack of verification necessary to detect Russian-cheating, the administration is taking us down a dangerous path.

Sen. James Risch, Idaho Republican and member of the Foreign Relations Committee, tried to stop the vote on New START on Thursday by saying he had received information from the intelligence community that should force senators to reconsider their votes.

Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and committee chairman, said he took the matter seriously but urged the senator not to discuss the matter in open session.

The classified concerns of the two Republicans could imperil a final vote, which has been pushed back until after the November midterm elections. Ratification of the treaty has been a high priority for the Obama administration, which has said New START is a centerpiece of its reset with Russia.

President Obama, in a statement Thursday, praised the committee's passage of START.

It reduces the deployed nuclear forces of both the United States and Russia, provides strong verification measures, and continues to improve relations between our two nations - the world's two largest nuclear weapon powers, and key partners in global security, he said. Indeed, ratification of this Treaty will reinforce our cooperation with Russia on a range of issues, including one of our highest priorities - preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

The treaty, signed in April, calls for Russia and the United States to reduce their stockpiles of deployable nuclear warheads to 1,550.

Republican critics of the treaty have raised concerns that it could limit U.S. missile defenses.

Under this treaty, the U.S. allows limits on missile defense and conventional prompt global strike, while accepting weakened verification measures. …

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