The Washington Independent
The Washington Independent

So How’s Obama Going to Find the Senate GOP Votes for the Russia-Nuke Treaty

When last we checked in on New START, the text of the nuclear deal with the Russians -- which has not been released -- didn’t impact missile defense, according

Elisa Mueller
News
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 30, 2010

When last we checked in on New START, the text of the nuclear deal with the Russians — which has not been released — didn’t impact missile defense, according to senior administration officials, but leading GOP senators still opposed it. That’s not a good sign for a deal that requires at least eight GOP votes in the Senate, as the Republican caucus gambles that it ought to oppose the administration’s agenda wholesale.

Later this morning, I’ll be covering former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as he indicts the administration for allegedly compromising American sovereignty at the Heritage Foundation. Heritage right now is leading its website with a pre-indictment, criticizing New START for pursuing what it calls the “pipe dream” of nuclear disarmament. (That pipe dream was first made a part of U.S. foreign policy by conservative patron saint Ronald Reagan.) The big concern Heritage presents is that the deal won’t be adequately verifiable. But the administration managed to secure 18 annual on-site inspection visits to Russian missile sites and storage facilities in the treaty, while previous accords relied on indirect indications of nuclear and missile activity.

Perhaps the release of the treaty language and the subsequent administration testimony will be able to change some Republican minds. But all the early indicators and pressures on the Republicans point to them denying Obama his treaty victory.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

Related

Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver SOTU response

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union Tuesday, according to Mike Allen

Rep. Paulsen allies with medical device industry to relax FDA oversight

Source: Flickr; Republicanconference (www.flickr.com/photos/republicanconference) On the heels of the Minnesota Independent story last week about U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s cozy financial relationship with the medical device industry, the New York Times reported Tuesday that some health professionals are alarmed by Paulsen’s push to relax Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight

Rep. Paulsen touts balanced budget constitutional amendment

In a post for the conservative blog True North , U.S. Rep

Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!

The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census -- one of the people who sounded the alarm about politicization when the

Rep. Paulsen, Karl Rove the latest to get ‘glittered’

Rep. Erik Paulsen and former Bush staffer Karl Rove were both showered with glitter at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday

Rep. Perlmutter to hold constituent meet-up in grocery store

Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter will hold a Government in the Grocery constituent meet-up this evening from 5-7 at the Safeway at 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge. The address is 3900 Wadsworth. The meeting, where Perlmutter typically sits at a folding table and talks to whomever shows up, is free and open to the public

Rep. Perlmutter criticizes House measure that would eliminate 800K federal jobs

Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work. The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition. Perlmutter’s statement: “My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability

Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg

In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what

Rep. Peace, ACLU seek investigation of soldier’s allegations of racial discrimination in Afghanistan

Both Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and the American Civil Liberties Union agree: There needs to be an investigation into Spc.

© Copyright 2021 The Washington Independent All Rights Reserved

Terms & Privacy | twi.news@washingtonindependent.com