Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Arizona Senators Kyl, McCain Continue As Part Of (Shrunken) Minority Supporting Amending New START Treaty

Arizona's two U.S. Senators continued to support amendments to the New START Treaty between the U.S. and Russia, even as a few of their Republican colleagues faded.  Three more amendments were voted on yesterday, and Jon Kyl and John McCain were among the 33 who supported the 1st two (33-64 with 3 not voting) - and 35 who voted "aye" on the 3rd (35-62).

A final ratification vote on the treaty is expected by Thursday.  67 votes (2/3) will be required to ratify, and the votes on the amendments are very close to that threshold.  However, of the three Senators who did not vote on Monday's amendments, two are Democrats (Wyden, Bayh) and one is Republican (Brownback).  Also, some Republicans may reasonably be expected to approve the treaty after full debate.

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