Senate Defeats Inhofe New START Amendment

Senators have defeated an amendment offered by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) to the New START nuclear agreement with Russia by a vote of 33-64.

According to the New York Times, this amendment would “triple the number of inspections each year, to 54 from 18.”

Republicans have criticized the treaty for calling for fewer inspections than the original Start treaty, which specified 28 a year.

Administration officials and Pentagon generals have said that the new verification system would be adequate because the inspections would be more intensive and include new elements, like unique identifying tags for each weapon. They noted that the Soviet Union had 70 nuclear facilities to inspect under the first Start treaty, compared with just 35 today.

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