Kyl reaffirms block on nuclear arms pact

Nov. 28, 2010 at 2:54 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John Kyl said Sunday he will keep blocking the nuclear arms treaty and blamed Sen. Harry Reid for overloading the Senate's lame-duck session.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Kyl, R-Ariz., said the START Treaty with Russia cannot be ratified this year, "and that's more view of reality rather than policy. If the leader of the Senate, Senator Reid, were to allow a couple of weeks for a full debate and amendment of the resolution of ratification then theoretically there would be time."

Kyl said taxes and funding the government "are higher priority items," while Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., was also insisting on pushing an immigration bill and "don't ask, don't tell" repeal.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., warned, "The failure of the United States Senate to ratify the START Treaty immediately is going to pose a danger to the United States and its security. … There is no excuse for us to ignore this responsibility and to say we'll wait several months."

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