Senate Ratifies New START Treaty

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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john hall
john hall7 years ago

John E. i have every right to say negative things about bad teachers especially the corrupt teachers union . for me iam a drop out but i dont blame any teacher for my failure that's on me .

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Gwendolyn Krupa7 years ago

Thanks for the good news. A step in the right direction. Couldn't stand to read many comments, though.

Cynthia Mason
Cynthia Mason7 years ago

how do people relate ratifiying this treaty with the government knowing what we read on the internet? how are the two related?
people must calm down! everyone acts like they're all wired up on expresso and rush limbaugh, and they're just not sensible or humane anymore.
breathe folks, just breathe. rely on more than just your TV sets for your news. talk to your neighbors. we're all in this together.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L7 years ago

Good grief. Sometimes I hate reading these comments.

I'm glad it was finally signed.

Patricia S.
Pat S7 years ago

Hartson D,
Just hang on a little bit longer. Socialism will be more prevelant as the months go by. You'll see! They're starting to check on what you read on the internet!

Patricia S.
Pat S7 years ago

Craig C,
How right you are!

John E.
John E7 years ago

John Hall ... you got no right to be bagging teachers ... it's quite obvious you should have paid more attention to them when you were at school ...
Sharon H pretty much covered all bases there ... 'tis a good thing you spelt it all out ... obviously some of us aren't capable of a great deal of deep thought or doing a little research ...Thank you.

Thomas Lee B.
Thomas Lee B7 years ago

The US and Russia both still have ICBMs ready to "laundh on warning." The "warning" could be nothing more than a false radar echo; DEW Line radars have gotten returns from birds and the Moon. The Far Wrong can blather all they want about how "safe" this makes us. To me it seems more like the sword of Damocles.

Sharon H.
Sharon H7 years ago

john hall...
Bales out GM??? What about when Bush baled out WALL STREET??? And, did it in one day, and didn't allow ANYONE to read about it or think about it. The teachers union? Why is it bad to have a union who protects their workers from being abused and having to be paid less than their worth? A "Christian" nation? Aren't you aware that there are "MILLIONS" of "Americans:" who are NOT Christians and in case you forgot, the Pilgrims came here for religious freedom, which means that it's OK to be anything you want, including,Jewish, Wiccan, Atheist, etc...As far as him going on vacation, your Mr. bush took more vacation than any other modern president. You are the typical right winged FUX brainwashed idiot. Sorry, but I think a lot of people here will agree with me. And, for your information, I don't consider Obama my "Saviour." If you consider yourself a Christian, go back and read the sermon on the mount and you'll realize that you're nothing like Jesus was and if he was alive now, people like you would crucify him again. I'm sure Glen Beck would be SO proud of you! And he'll also laugh his ass off at you all the way to the bank...

Yvette T.
Past Member 7 years ago

Love Obama! So much accomplished in such a short time! All good. Too bad the Reptilicans fought him on the Public Option and the Taxing the wealthiest, but, despite these two set backs, huge strides have been taken, especially for humanitarian and compassionate causes, INDIGENOUS PEOPLE who have been worse=than-marginalized ever since Jackson, at least. Save wildlife, save LIFE...Obama is sooooo intelligent and forward-minded. I look forward to more of the same progress for a balanced planet and putting people and animals greening up our planet first.