2010-05-28 / Letters

State Senate Needs To Pass START

Dear Editor,

Nuclear weapons are the greatest threat facing our country, but the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) that President Obama signed with Russia can help to make us all safer.

Together, the United States and Russia possess about 95 percent of the world’s strategic nuclear weapons. The treaty, by cutting these arsenals, can put us a step closer to eliminating nuclear weapons. In addition, at the nuclear security summit hosted by President Obama the heads of 47 countries pledged to rescue and account for all nuclear material under their control to ensure that they are not stolen for the black market or use by terrorists.

The new START clearly benefits our national security; the Senate, by ratifying it, will send a strong message that the U.S. is sincere about leading the way toward a nuclear free world.

Although START has received support from leaders of both parties, the treaty needs 67 votes to become law. That is why the Senate Democrats must seek key Republican votes and why, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New York State’s Junior Senator, Kristen Gillibrand, must fully support and work to ratify the treaty. If the new START becomes another victim of current bitter and hostile Senator Politics, the United States will no longer be able to be a leader in these critical times.


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