Senate Democrats

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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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 – 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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S. Amdt. 4753 to H.R. 4853, The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act

Summary This week, the Senate will consider legislation, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act, S.Amdt.4753, sponsored by Senators Reid and McConnell to extend the vital tax cuts for America’s middle class and a wide range of individuals and businesses that will otherwise expire at the end of this month.  This measure…

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H.R. 5470, the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act

Summary On June 17, 2009, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee favorably reported S.1462 to the Senate.  This legislation contained, among many provisions, a number of important energy efficiency improvements for products like electric spas, commercial furnaces, and certain types of light-bulbs.  After reporting S.1462, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee continued to…

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Background on the Benefits of H.R. 5470

In the coming days, the Senate may consider H.R.4451, the legislative vehicle for passing the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act.  This legislation is the product of negotiations between the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, manufacturers, energy efficiency advocates, and consumer groups.  The provisions included in this bill were originally included in S.1462…

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S. 3991, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act

Summary Public-safety employees, including police, firefighter and emergency personnel, do not have full collective bargaining rights in approximately 20 states.  These dedicated men and women who serve our communities are not permitted to collectively negotiate with their employers, state and local governments.  First responders are vital to the safety of our communities, but many lack…

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H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010

Summary In responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders and other Americans were exposed to toxins and are now in need of treatment and compensation.  H.R.847 builds upon the current World Trade Center (WTC) Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program (MMTP) to provide full medical screening, treatment benefits, and compensation…

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S. 3985, Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act of 2010

Summary The Senate will soon vote on whether to begin consideration of the Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act, S.3985,legislation to provide a one-time $250 benefit to Social Security recipients and veterans, as well as other individuals whose federal benefits depend on the annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).[1]  This payment would be provided in lieu…

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