Senate Defeats LeMieux New START Amendment

Senators have defeated an amendment offered by Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) to the New START nuclear agreement with Russia by a vote of 35-62.

It would add the following to the agreement:

At the end of Article I of the New START Treaty, add the following:

3. The Parties shall enter into negotiations within one year of ratification of this Treaty to address the disparity between the non-strategic (tactical) nuclear weapons stockpiles of the Parties, in accordance with the September 1991 United States commitments under the Presidential Nuclear Initiatives and Russian Federation commitments made by President Gorbachev in October 1991 and reaffirmed by President Yeltsin in January 1992. The negotiations shall not include discussion of defensive missile systems.

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