START: Corker to Support Arms Treaty
“Most of the political world may be focused on Delaware and other primaries on Tuesday night, but the White House has its eye on a different vote –- the approaching committee judgment this week on President Obama’s arms control treaty with Russia.
“The White House appeared to be moving toward bipartisan approval for the New Start treaty in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee despite the fiery election season. Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, announced Tuesday that he will vote for the treaty as long as it is accompanied by assurances on missile defense and other issues of concern to Republicans.
“Mr. Corker signed onto a resolution of ratification drafted by Senator Richard G. Lugar, the committee’s senior Republican and a treaty supporter. The resolution does not formally alter the treaty itself but stipulates that the pact would not bind American plans to build missile defense systems beyond a limit on the use of old intercontinental missile silos and expresses a commitment to modernize the current nuclear weapons complex over the next 10 years.”