Lame-Duck Senate Expected to Take Up Arms-Reduction Treaty

Liberty Alerts, Patrick Goodenough,

The U.S. Senate looks poised to begin debate Wednesday on the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.

Critics say a vote on New START, if successful, would be the first time the Senate has given its advice and consent to the ratification of a major treaty during a lame-duck session.

Wrangling over the treaty – which White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Tuesday called “a strong and important priority” for President Obama – has become an unforgiving fight between resurgent congressional Republicans unhappy with the document as it stands and the administration, which has secured and highlighted the support of prominent members of past Republican administrations.

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