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Russia to Slow START until 'next month at the earliest'

December 24, 2010 politisite 0

Didn’t the  Lame Duck congress say ratification was  critical and timing was a priority so Russia could pass it right away?  So why is Russia putting it off until next month or later? Russia’s lower house of parliament on Friday gave preliminary approval to a U.S.-Russian arms treaty, but decided to delay the final vote until next month. The Kremlin-controlled State Duma voted 350-58 to approve the New START treaty […]

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Senate Minority Leader McConnell will vote against START Treaty

December 19, 2010 politisite 0

Senators continued debate on the START nuclear treaty today after defeating an amendment which would have altered the language of the agreement. Submitted by Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID), the amendment would have forced the treaty back into negotiations with Russia, effectively killing the agreement. It failed by a vote of 32 to 60. Also today, Minority Ldr. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told CNN that he would vote against the treaty. Sen. McConnell […]

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GOP to Reid: Bush tax cuts first or face filibuster on entire agenda

December 1, 2010 politisite 0

Senate Republicans’ aggressive move to block virtually all business in the chamber has created a fresh round of partisan anger, threatening to derail or delay the rest of the Democratic agenda in an already gridlocked lame-duck session of Congress. A day after both sides signaled a willingness to work together at the White House, all 42 Senate Republicans sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a warning shot: any bill brought […]