New START Ratified by Senate; Broader Nuclear Disarmament Vision Looks Unlikely

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 12:25 pm

The Senate is about to vote on the new START nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia, and all expectations are that the treaty will pass. This caps off a very productive lame duck session with a major foreign policy victory for the Obama Administration.


New START Treaty Clears Cloture with 67 Votes, Ratification Nearly Assured

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 1:35 pm

In a cloture vote, the Senate today voted by a 67-28 margin to cut off debate on the new START nuclear arms reduction treaty, displaying enough bipartisan support to ratify the treaty with a 2/3 majority tomorrow.

With new START and the continuing resolution out of the way, the only other big item left that the Senate would like to pass is the 9-11 health care bill. It appears that Tom Coburn will drag out passage of that bill, potentially killing it in the lame duck.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill Again; Sets Final Vote for New START

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 7:00 pm

The Senate continued a mad rush in their fairly productive lame duck session today, passing a food safety bill and filing cloture to end debate on ratification of the new START treaty.

Republicans Taking Other Hostages, Threaten to Shoot START if DADT Repealed

By: Friday December 17, 2010 1:22 pm

Bob Corker, speaking softly to Olivier Knox, casually says that the START treaty won’t pass if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell or the DREAM Act get a vote tomorrow.

Reid Commits to Vote on Several Matters, Unclear on Timing

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 2:45 pm

Harry Reid spoke about votes expected in the remainder of the lame duck session. He cited START, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the DREAM Act, the 9-11 health care bill and possibly votes on judicial nominations if an agreement wasn’t reached to move them in a block. As for when, he simply committed to votes on those issues “before this Congress ends,” not before Christmas.

DeMint Caves, Won’t Force Reading of New START

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 6:00 pm

Jim DeMint decided against forcing a reading of the new START treaty on the floor of the Senate. He’s hilariously trying to spin this as a victory because Harry Reid delayed the opening of the debate one day.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Could Become Victim of Senate Calendar

By: Monday December 6, 2010 9:40 am

The idea that the schedule would doom DADT is basically an excuse, and the result of policies taken months and years ago, particularly to have a Pentagon study get released December 1, necessarily squeezing the time frame.

Senate GOP Blocks Consideration of Tax Plan Extending Rates on First $250K and First $1M

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 10:45 am

Republicans united in the Senate to block a $3.2 trillion dollar tax cut today, stopping consideration of an extension of tax rates for every worker in America on the first $250,000 of income. The final vote on the motion to proceed was 53-36. All Republicans, at least the ones who showed up, voted against the tax cut. So did Russ Feingold, Jim Webb and Joe Manchin, Joe Lieberman, and maybe more (will get a roll call when it’s up). I’m guessing Feingold just wants all the tax rates to expire; that would fit with his posture as a deficit hawk.

GOP Kamikaze Action Still Determined to Shoot Down Policy that Can Pass Senate

By: Friday December 3, 2010 5:25 pm

It’s very interesting to see how things are lining up in the Senate. You had the food safety bill pass with 73 votes. Scott Brown came out today in favor of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The DREAM Act will get a vote next week, with somewhat persistent White House backing. The new START arms reduction treaty appears to have picked up legitimate Republican support, with 9 Republicans publicly signaling support. If you didn’t know better, you’d say there was an outbreak of bipartisanship in the Senate.

But all of this is happening under a threat of total obstruction.

Lugar Slams Own Party for Stalling on New START Treaty

By: Saturday November 20, 2010 12:00 pm

Senator Richard Lugar wants the Senate to call his own party’s bluff on the new START arms reduction treaty, bringing it up for a vote in the lame duck session. He stood with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton yesterday, rebuking Senate Republicans for their stall tactics.

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