Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New START Treaty - #2495 - Sen. Lindsey Graham: GOP to Blame for 'Capitulation of Dramatic Proportions in Lame-Duck' - The Hill (2) Endgame: Cloture Vote on START Treaty Passes, 67-28 - Hot Air (3) VIDEO: Sen. Kyl Blasts START Treaty Negotiations - Breitbart

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) lashed out at fellow Republicans Tuesday for a "capitulation ... of dramatic proportions" to Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the lame-duck Congress. Graham said Republicans have no one to blame but themselves for allowing ratification of the New START Treaty and other legislation in the period before new lawmakers are sworn in in January. "When it's all going to be said and done, Harry Reid has eaten our lunch," Graham said on Fox News radio. "This has been a capitulation in two weeks of dramatic proportions of policies that wouldn't have passed in the new Congress." Republican senators have broken with the party's leaders on several key votes in order to advance some of President Obama's top policies during the lame-duck. GOP members defected to pass a repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" and have done likewise to secure likely ratification for the START Treaty. Some Republicans might allow a health bill for 9/11 first responders to move forward, while three Republicans voted to end debate on the DREAM Act, an ultimately unsuccessful immigration bill.  Read more.......

Endgame: Cloture Vote on START Treaty Passes, 67-28 - Hot Air - This wasn’t the final vote on ratification, merely the vote to end debate, but if they’ve already got two-thirds in the bank for cloture, it’s a mortal lock that the treaty will pass. The tax cuts deal, then DADT repeal, now this. Man, I’ll bet The One wishes every session could be a lame-duck session. The New Start treaty was the last major challenge of the session for Mr. Obama, and in some ways the most emboldening for him. The tax-cut deal required the president to swallow a compromise that extended the expiring, lowered Bush-era tax rates even for the wealthy, costing him support within his own party. The overturning of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy was driven as much by senators as by the White House. Here’s the roll. Eleven Republicans voted yes — Alexander, Bennett, Brown, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Isakson, Lugar, Murkowski, Snowe, and Voinovich. Those not voting included Evan Bayh, Judd Gregg, and the ailing Ron Wyden, all of whom are expected to back the treaty on the final vote, so Waffles is right for once that they might very well hit 70. And I’d bet cash money that if not for the prospect of a tea-party primary challenge next year, Hatch would have been lucky number 71.  Read more.......  Great Scott Brown votes with the Dems again, why doesn't he just become a Democrat instead of just pretending once in a while to vote with the Republicans.

Sen. John Kyl of Arizona says the Obama administration has not negotiated the START arms reduction treaty in good faith. He and other colleagues want to slow the effort down to study issues with the US-Russia arms pact.

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