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Failure to pass the New START Treaty this year would endanger
U.S. national security
U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden said that the "failure to pass
the New START Treaty this year would endanger our national security,"
will have no Americans on the ground to inspect Russia’s nuclear
activities, no verification regime to track Russia’s strategic
nuclear arsenal, less cooperation between the two nations that
account for 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons, and no
verified nuclear reductions. The New START treaty is a fundamental
part of our relationship with Russia, which has been critical
to our ability to supply our troops in Afghanistan and to impose
and enforce strong sanctions on the Iranian government.
President Obama has made an extraordinary commitment to ensure
the modernization of our nuclear infrastructure, which had been
neglected for several years before he took office. We have made
clear our plans to invest USD 80 billion on modernization over
the next decade, and, based on our consultations with Senator
Kyl, we plan to request an additional USD 4.1 billion for modernization
over the next five years.
The new START Treaty enjoys broad, bipartisan support. The Senate
has held 18 hearings on the Treaty. It was approved by the Foreign
Relations Committee with bipartisan support. It has been endorsed
by prominent former officials from both parties, including former
Secretaries of State George Shultz, James Baker, Henry Kissinger,
Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, and Warren Christopher, former
Defense Secretaries James Schlesinger, William Cohen, William
Perry, Frank Carlucci, and Harold Brown, and former National
Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft, Stephen Hadley, and Sandy
Berger. It is consistent with previous Strategic Nuclear Arms
Treaties, each of which passed with over 85 votes in the Senate.
Given new START’s bipartisan support and enormous importance to our national security, the time to act is now and we will continue to seek its approval by the Senate before the end of the year.
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