Amid the continued complaints of Republican Party leadership, the Senate finally completed its obligation to advise and consent on the U.S. – Russian arms reduction agreement, signed by president Obama April 8, 2010. With Vice President Joe Biden presiding, the Senate approved New START by a vote of 71-26, surpassing the two-thirds majority required for ratification by four votes.
The START vote came on the heels of the Senate’s unanimous approval of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, oposing parties having reached a compromise to end a Republican filibuster just hours before.
President Obama will hold a news conference at 4:15 ET as Congress wraps up a highly productive lame-duck session.
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