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Day December 15, 2010

New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START)

Summary The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), negotiated between the United States and the Russian Federation, is a follow-on agreement to the original START Treaty between the U.S. and the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan that expired in December 5, 2009.  Signed by Presidents Obama and Medvedev on April 8, 2010, New…

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New START Treaty – Main Issues

No United States inspections of Russian nuclear facilities have taken place in a year, threatening our national security. The U.S. has not conducted a single on-the-ground inspection of a Russian nuclear facility since START expired on December 5, 2009. Without American inspectors verifying Russia’s nuclear weapons, our insight into Russia’s arsenal is limited and our…

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New START Treaty – Key Facts

Overview: On April 8, 2010, following a year of intense negotiations, Presidents Obama and Medvedev signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). The New START Treaty replaces the 1991 START Treaty which expired on 12/5/09. New START limits the number of strategic offensive arms of the US and Russia (within seven years of the…

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Glossary of Terms in the New START Treaty

Ballistic missile: A missile that is a weapon-delivery vehicle that has a ballistic trajectory over most of its flight path. Basing area: A permanent facility that supports the long-term operations of a particular strategic offensive system on a permanent basis and is distinguishable from temporary stationing. Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS): The ability to deliver…

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The New START Treaty: Myths and Facts

There is broad, bipartisan support among national security experts and political leaders in favor of ratifying the New START Treaty with Russia.  The New START Treaty limiting the U.S. and Russia’s Cold War-era nuclear arsenals is considered critical for maintaining strategic stability in our relations, enhancing the global nonproliferation regime, and, in effect, advancing U.S.…

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Reid: We Will Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” If Republicans Do Not Run Out The Clock

Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement this evening reaffirming support for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: "This week, we have seen clear evidence that an overwhelming majority in Congress supports repeal of the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. The House of Representatives sent a powerful message with its lopsided vote…

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Reid: Democrats Fighting For The Middle Class, Republicans Pushing Giveaways For CEOs

Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement this afternoon after the Senate passed a bill to cut taxes for the middle class and create jobs:   “Middle class families need a boost in this economy, and that is exactly what this plan gives them. It is not perfect, but it will…

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Reid Spokesman: Republicans Undermining Our Security Because They Failed To Read Treaty Available Since May

Washington, DC — Jim Manley, spokesman for Nevada Senator Harry Reid, released the following statement on reports that Republicans will force the oral reading of the New START Treaty, which has been publicly available since May:   “Some Republicans have been too busy protecting millionaires and billionaires to protect our security. This treaty has been…

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ICYMI: Cornyn Pressed To Explain His $16M In Earmarks On FOX

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Senate Floor Schedule For Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Following any Leader remarks, there will be a period of morning business until 11:00am with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. At 10:00am, Senator Bayh will deliver his farewell remarks and at 10:30am Senator Voinovich will deliver his farewell remarks. At 11:00am, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message…

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