House Conservatives Send a Strong Message on New START

Earlier this week two conservative leaders in the House sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.  In the letter, they laid out their concerns with moving forward on New START ratification during lame duck.

The letter, authored by Congressman Tom Price (R-GA), chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), chairman of the RSC’s National Security Working Group, served to remind Senators that the House plays a key role in implementing treaties.

While much of the dialogue between the White House and key Senate Republicans has focused on nuclear modernization funding, Reps. Price and Franks point out that those funds “will have to be approved by the House.”  This calls into the question whether the administration has the ability to deliver on its promises when they do not exercise the power of the purse.

Unlike many of their Senate colleagues, Reps. Price and Franks focused on the real policy concerns with this treaty:

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New START: How It Favors the Russians

Editor’s note: Late last week, Heritage Action began sending direct mail to ten states urging Senators to oppose the New START Treaty.  Throughout the week, we’ll examine the claims made in the mailer, one-by-one.

Today, let’s look at perhaps the most important claim we make in our mailer:

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New START: Could it lead to more nuclear weapons?

Editor’s note: Late last week, Heritage Action began sending direct mail to ten states urging Senators to oppose the New START Treaty.  Throughout the week, we’ll examine the claims made in the mailer, one-by-one.

Let’s start with one of the most counter-intuitive claims:

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Reps. Skelton and McIntyre feel the heat

How unpopular is Obamacare?  More and more Democrats are abandoning President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

In August, Heritage Action ran one of our first paid tv advertisements in Rep. Ike Skelton’s (D-MO) district imploring him to sign discharge petition #11 to help force a vote to repeal Obamacare. On Friday, Rep Skelton (D-MO) could no longer remain silent.  He told KMBC Kansas City he supported repealing Obamacare, becoming the first Democratic committee chairman to publically say he would support repealing the law.

Why did Rep. Skelton wait until two weeks before the elections to make his views clear?  He could have signed onto the Discharge Petition #11 months ago, like his colleague Gene Taylor (D-MS).  We are certainly glad he has joined the ranks of those that want to repeal, but the people of Missouri deserve action, not rhetoric.

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