Hearings on START, a treaty between the United States and Russia, are currently underway, and it is critical that Senators hear from their constituents, expressing strong support for its ratification. is expected to come up for ratification before the Senate’s August recess. The new treaty limits the U.S. and Russia to no more than 1,550 deployed strategic warheads and 800 deployed and non-deployed delivery vehicles. The treaty has broad based support from diplomats and high-ranking officials from past administrations. Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and James Baker as well as Secretary of State Clinton have all endorsed New START at hearings held by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Even Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense is in support of the treaty stating that it “The New START Treaty has the unanimous support of America’s military leadership.”
The treaty is a modest but critical step towards the goal of nuclear weapons, and despite the broad support it has, there will be strong opposition from Republicans seeking to deny President Obama and Democrats another legislative victory. Please send a message to your two Senators and urge them to pass New START.