US-Russia nuke treaty facing hurdles in US Senate

8:27 AM, Jul 23, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The once smooth path for Senate ratification of a major nuclear arms control agreement with Russia is looking a little rougher.

Conservatives opposing New START are trying to make it an issue in November's congressional elections. And they could force Democrats to delay a ratification vote until after the elections.

Some Republicans say U.S. negotiators made too many concessions.

The administration still hopes to win approval before the Senate begins its summer break in August. But so far, only one Republican senator, Richard Lugar, has announced his support.

The treaty would shrink the limit on strategic warheads to 1,550 for each country. It also would make changes in the old treaty's procedures that allow both countries to inspect each other's arsenals and verify compliance.







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