START Vote Today

The headlines say it all: Senate Set to Ratify, GOP Set to Split on START Vote, Kerry and Lugar Try Not to Gloat, etc.  In the media, and amongst many inside-DC types, the START treaty seems a fait accompli.  Perhaps they’re correct, but before the final vote, let’s take one last logical look at how Senators have voted on the amendments offered thus far.

According to the Washington Post, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) believes the treaty can get up to 70 votes.  Let’s take a brief look at seven key Republicans and how they’ve voted on 10 important amendments intended fix some of the treaty’s most dangerous flaws.

Scott Brown (R-MA) – 202-224-4543. Senator Brown’s amendment votes mirror those of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), who has been an outspoken critic of the treaty.  Even though every amendment he’s supported has failed, he is committed to supporting the treaty.  (amdt score: 100%)

Thad Cochran (R-MS) – 202-224-5054. Earlier this week, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) suggested Cochran was a YEA vote.  Cochran later clarified he was still undecided.  Cochran’s amendment votes suggest he understands the treaty’s flaws, which remain unaddressed.  (amdt score: 100%)

Olympia Snowe (R-ME) – 202-224-5344. Senator Snowe’s amendment votes mirror those of Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), who has been an outspoken critic of the treaty.  Even though every amendment she’s supported has failed, she is committed to supporting the treaty.  (amdt score: 100%)

Mark Kirk (R-IL) – 202-224-2854. Yesterday, Senator Kirk voted against advancing the treaty, though his name keeps appearing on watch lists.  Kirk has voted correctly on 8 of 9 amendments, which is encouraging. (amdt score: 89%)

Johnny Isakson (R-GA) – 202-224-3643. Senator Isakson, who supported the treaty in committee, has a mixed voting record, though it still suggests he has many serious concerns with the treaty that remain unaddressed.  (amdt score: 67%)

Susan Collins (R-ME) – 202-224-2523. Senator Collins has a mixed voting record, though it still suggests she has many serious concerns with the treaty that remain unaddressed.  (amdt score: 60%)

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – 202-224-6665. Senator Murkowski has a mixed voting record, though it still suggests she has a few serious concerns with the treaty that remain unaddressed.  (amdt score: 40%)

Other Senators who are solid or potential YEA votes include:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN), amdt score: 20%
George Voinovich (R-OH), amdt score: 11%
Bob Corker (R-TN), amdt score: 10%
Bob Bennett (R-UT), amdt score: 0%
Judd Gregg (R-NH), amdt score: 0% (missed 6 of the 10 amendment votes)
Dick Lugar (R-IN), amdt score: 0%

There are still a few more amendments on tap, but it is clear that several Senators who are expected to support the treaty recognize the it has serious shortcomings.  If Washington were a logical place, then Senators Brown, Cochran, Snowe, Kirk, Isakson and maybe even Collins and Murkowski would oppose the treaty; however, as Americans have seen, logic rarely exists in Washington.

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  1. One more disappointment! You are right, there is no logic in Washington. I have to say, I am proud of the way Lindsey Graham spoke up concerning the whole travesty concerning this Lame Duck Session. These Republicans who voted for ratification MUST be held accountable along with the President. Is there is any way this treaty can just be ignored by the U.S. or overturned?

  2. One more disappointment! You are right, there is no logic in Washington. I have to say, I am proud of the way Lindsey Graham spoke up concerning the whole travesty concerning this Lame Duck Session. These Republicans who voted for ratification MUST be held accountable along with the President. Is there is any way this treaty can just be ignored by the U.S. or overturned?

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