Friday, May 25, 2012

Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) - #3916 - UPDATE: John Kerry: No Vote on Sea Treaty Before Election - The Hill (2) Long Time, No Sea - Family Research Council

UPDATE: THEY WILL WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION, DURING THE LAME DUCK SESSION TO TRY AGAIN TO PASS THIS, JUST LIKE THE START TREATY, ONLY THIS TIME THERE ARE 4 OTHER TREATIES AS WELL.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Wednesday he likely won't bring up the Law of the Sea Treaty for a vote before the November election. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said some lawmakers “on and off the committee” have candidly told him they'd “be more comfortable” if they could avoid having to cast the controversial vote during the campaign season. He made the announcement during a high-level hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. “I would like to see this treaty stay out of the hurly-burly of presidential politics,” Kerry said. “So heeding that advice, and preferring that we encourage the kind of evaluative and educational process which does justice to this committee and justice to the United States Senate ratification process, I announce today that I do not currently intend to bring the treaty to a vote before the November election.” AW: I watched part of this hearing on Wednesday, and Hillary was thoroughly disgusted having to try to explain why this Treaty was so great to the Senators who opposed it.  After the hearing was over, as Kerry and Hillary were walking out, he hugged and gave her a kiss, knowing they had another way to get this passed after the November election.


Long Time, No Sea - Family Research Council - Rule number one of federal lawmaking: When a Senator says his colleagues would be "more comfortable" voting on a bill after an election, it spells trouble. And in the case of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), that trouble is spelled LOST, or Law of the Sea Treaty. It's been 30 years since President Reagan first sank the idea of a maritime bureaucracy, but that hasn't stopped big government advocates from dredging up the policy every few years and selling it to Congress as buried treasure. Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kerry, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took turns pitching the 1982 treaty in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a way to "bring order" to the world's oceans. The way they see it, LOST would help define the boundaries in international waters and create a "more peaceful" sea environment.  Read more.........

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