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  • Senate Conservatives Gather Enough Votes to Block Lame Duck Treaties

    A group of Senate conservatives has gathered enough support to block any treaties that come up for a vote during the lame duck session.

    A total of 36 Senators pledged, in a letter drafted by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to Majority and Minority leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to “oppose efforts to consider a treaty during” the lame duck session.

    Because treaties require a two-thirds majority in the Senate to reach the president’s desk, the group of Senators will be able to block any treaties considered after the Nov. 6 election.

    “The writers of the Constitution clearly believed that all treaties presented to the Senate should undergo the most thorough scrutiny before being agreed upon,” the letter states. “The American people will be electing representatives and senators in November, and the new representatives carrying the election mandate should be afforded the opportunity to review and consider any international agreements that are outstanding at the time of their election.”

    Some Senators had expressed hope that their house would ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (commonly known as the Law of the Sea Treaty) in a lame duck session. The treaty was blocked earlier this year by Senators who noted that it would cede some level of U.S. sovereignty to an international body, force the United States to forgo some level oil and gas royalty revenue, and would produce few tangible benefits.

    The Heritage Foundation’s Steve Groves testified on LOST before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

    A U.N. treaty on persons with disabilities may also be considered during a lame duck session. Lee this week blocked an attempt to pass that treaty by unanimous consent. “For various reasons we don’t think any treaty should come up during the lame duck time period and we will continue to oppose any treaty passage,” Lee said. “If it is true that it is too fast to move a treaty through during a lame duck, then it’s also too fast to move it through now.”

    Here is a copy of Lee’s letter to Reid and McConnell:

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    8 Responses to Senate Conservatives Gather Enough Votes to Block Lame Duck Treaties

    1. Bobbie says:

      Thank you for your diligence, staying true to your word and all honorable efforts to revive America's principles and her upstanding truth.

    2. O_Henry says:

      I am sure this will be little noted at present but if it can hold together it has enormous value. This is the kind of behind the scenes work that demonstrates conservatism to our grass roots.

    3. Doc Hilliard says:

      Additionally, payments to sponsors of terrorism, such as Mexico, Pakistan, etc. need to have their "foreign aid" eliminated; why should Americans pay to have themselves blown up by terrorists?

    4. Jack Mathews says:

      Now if we only could get them to do the same and block any nomination we would have a modicom of increased peace that our nation is slowing it's encounter with a precipice.

    5. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      Good. The last lame-duck session was an abomination.

      It would be nice if this same group of Senators pledged to pass no legislation except that which would extend, even temporarily, those dreaded Bush tax cuts although I doubt Obama would sign any extension especially if he was given the boot.

    6. sharon travis says:

      I am so glad that you all did this! Thank you for your foresight.

    7. Patricia Dixon says:

      This is marvelous news. Thank you for having the integrity to uphold the Constitution and protect the sovereignty of our nation!

    8. John Evans says:

      Please provide a type list of the senators since their signatures are not always readable.

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