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    Stopping START

    The bilateral arms control treaty between the United States and Russia, known as New START, has critical implications for the security of the U.S. and its allies. In a recent article, Senator John Barrasso (R–WY) addresses concerns regarding the treaty. They include limits on U.S. missile defense capabilities, a weak … More

    Guest Blogger: Today is the Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

    On December 7, 1941 the United States of America was attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii counted 2,390 Americans dead and 1,282 wounded. Eight battleships, three destroyers, three cruisers and one minelayer were destroyed along with 188 aircraft. Most of us were … More

    Quid Pro Quo in Continuing Resolution for New START Treaty

    The New START Treaty is promoted by the Obama Administration as a means toward a reduction of nuclear weapons.The Treaty is fatally flawed within the four corners of the document and in a side agreement to dismantle missile defense in consideration for Russia’s signature. And now the Obama Administration and … More

    Why the Rush on New START, Mr. President?

    In his most recent op-ed, Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, asks why there is a rush to pass New START, a strategic offensive arms control treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation signed this April in Prague. Romney rightly observes that the treaty “deserves a careful, … More

    Russian Duma Threats Race Should Not Deter Due Diligence on New START

    Boris Gryzlov, Speaker of Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said on Saturday that if the U.S. Senate moves to amend the text of New START, a strategic offensive arms treaty between the two countries, the Duma will also be ready to make amendments to the text of … More

    Guest Blogger: What Are New START's Missile Defense Promises Worth?

    Following a recent meeting with the President, some of our pro-ballistic missile defense (BMD) Senators expressed public optimism that ratification of New START still might be possible in the lame duck session, that their concerns about our freedom to deploy vital BMD systems have been allayed by presidential assurances that … More

    Putin and Medvedev Threaten a Renewed Arms Race

    In his annual address Tuesday to both houses of parliament, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev warned that a new arms race would erupt if Moscow and the West cannot agree on a joint European missile defense program. Medvedev gave the following ultimatum: “Either we reach agreement on missile defense and create … More

    22 Sitting Senators Demand Right to Provide Advice and Consent on New START

    On Thursday, twenty-two sitting U.S. senators sent a letter to the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) demanding their constitutionally ordained power to provide advice and consent on the New START treaty. They believe the current actions of the Senate Democratic leadership and the White House are undermining this important constitutional … More

    Morning Bell: The Senate's Secret Santa Agenda

    Today the Labor Department released its monthly jobs report, which showed that the U.S. economy added an anemic 39,000 jobs this month and that the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent. That marks the 19th month in a row that the unemployment has been over 9 percent, a post–World … More

    Nelson on New START: "I think we can hold off"

    National Review Online reports that Senator Ben Nelson (D–NE) does not buy into the Obama Administration’s heated rhetoric that the New START nuclear arms control treaty must pass through the Senate immediately. Senator Nelson is quoted as saying: Most of the [legislation] being dealt with right now should be held … More