Some Republican Leaders Opposing New START

If you’ve only been watching the cable news shows, you may be surprised to learn the New START Treaty is problematic from the standpoint of America’s security.  Most commentary focuses on either presidential politics or the need to play nice with our Russian friends.  And, in the rare moment anyone focuses beyond the those issues, it usually has to deal with money for nuclear weapon maintenance, which is an appropriations exercises wholly unrelated to the treaty.

Fortunately, some Republicans leaders are talking about the issues.  Earlier this week, three Senators in Republican leadership came out swinging.  Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) laid out a litany of concerns, concluding, “New START offers us nothing in return.”  Senator Jon Thune (R-SD) called the treaty “deeply flawed.”  Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) dismissed former Secretary Colin Powell’s endorsement, saying it would have no impact on his vote.

(To point out the obvious, Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have remained silent or implied their support.)

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Holding Congress Accountable to Conservative Principles

This morning, the Wall Street Journal published an article on the mandate the new Congress will have with the largest group of strong conservatives entering the Senate since 1995. Candidates running for office have a strong mandate to cut federal spending significantly and repeal Obamacare. Ron Johnson, the candidate running against liberal Sen. Russ Feingold has echoed a Heritage Action proposal to cut federal spending from its current level around 25 percent of GDP down to below one-fifth of the economy. The Journal goes on to identify 18 Senate candidates who want to fix our nation’s out of control tax code, 16 who are willing to take strong stands to fix Social Security, 11 who are interested in addressing Medicare, and 10 who will take on the federal government’s one-size-fits-all approach to education.

In short, the new Congress will present a tremendous opportunity to fight for the true conservative values our nation needs. Running on conservative values and winning elections, however, is only the first piece of the puzzle.

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