Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) “today announced he will support a procedural vote to end debate on the strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia known as New START and will vote to ratify the treaty,” according to a press release from his office.
“Only through setting the example, without giving in or capitulating a thing, do we give hope to the future that my grandchildren and yours can live in a world that will not be free of nukes but will be secure; that loose nukes are not in the hands of bad people; and we have transparency and accountability while still having the capability to secure ourselves both offensively and defensively to ensure the security of the people of the United States of America,” Isakson said.
Isakson supports the New START treaty, because it in no way hinders the ability of the United States to move forward with a robust missile defense system. Furthermore, the Russian unilateral statement made on April 7, 2010, does not impose a legal obligation on the United States. The resolution of ratification also ensures modernization and maintenance of the U.S. nuclear arsenal as well as the unfettered ability of the United States to deploy missile defense.