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Arms Control: Clarity in the Senate

John Podesta argues in Politico for the Senate to pass New START without delay.

It is time for a moment of clarity in the Senate.

The New START treaty has genuine bipartisan support and ratification is crucial to restore the verification system, which lapsed when the original agreement expired in 2009. Senate Republicans, however, prefer yet more delays, because they fear losing their leverage once it’s time to vote yes or no.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) must recognize that most Republicans have little interest in killing the treaty. He should schedule a vote in this lame-duck session. The United States—and the world—will then know whether Republicans choose partisanship or the security of the United States.

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John Podesta

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