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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Obama wants to conclude treaty with Russia without that pesky Senate ratification

Read the whole thing at Belmont Club:

Obama administration has been looking for a way to conclude a treaty with Russia without having to submit it for ratification to the Senate as required by the Constitution.

President Obama has made eliminating all nuclear weapons his signature policy. In 2011, his New Start Treaty committed the United States to a ceiling of 700 strategic delivery vehicles and 1,550 strategic warheads. Now, as he promised in March, he seeks even deeper reductions through “a step we have never taken before—reducing not only our strategic nuclear warheads, but also tactical weapons and warheads in reserve.”

But the president faces the Constitution’s requirement that two-thirds of the Senate consent to any treaty.

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