Politico: Kerry is wrong about New START
A must read op-ed in the Politico this morning by Heritage Action’s COO Tim Chapman.
Yesterday morning, journalists packed into the Capitol for a rare visit by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Together with Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Clinton pressed the Senate to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia “quickly.”
The Senate’s newly elected GOP members appear to have other ideas. Sen.-elect Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is planning to unveil a letter from his fellow senators-elect, demanding they be given adequate time to study and consider the treaty in the 112th Congress.
Their effort calls into question a startling assertion made by Kerry at yesterday’s press conference.
“I talked yesterday with a number of senators on the other side of the aisle,” Kerry said, “and we discussed the outstanding issues. As of now, there is no substantive disagreement on this treaty. What separates, apparently, the sense of ability to move forward is a question about money out 10 years into the future for modernization.
No substantive disagreement? Sorry, Mr. Senator, but you could not be more wrong.