Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) says that he has enough votes to block the proposed nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
According to FOX News, Kyl said on Nov. 24 that he doesn’t expect the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) to pass during the lame-duck session, which could squash the deal altogether, considering that Republicans will gain control of the House of Representatives in January, and the GOP will gain seats in the Senate.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, GOP members claim that the Obama administration does not have the authority to limit U.S. missile defenses outside of a treaty that currently does not exist.
The recent artillery battle between North and South Korea has also raised skepticism about the administration’s efforts to reduce weaponry.
"President Obama has already cut 44 percent of our missile defense force that would protect the United States from Iran but primarily a North Korean threat," James Carfano, of the Heritage Foundation, told the news provider.
A treaty requires two-thirds majority, so the White House would need the support of at least nine Republicans in the Senate before the end of the current congressional session. If START is delayed until 2011, supporters of the treaty would need at least 14 Republicans.