Senators Continue Work on START Treaty

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

The U.S. Senate continued work tonight on the Strategic Arms Reduction or START Treaty, three amendments were defeated that would have changed it. A final vote is expected this week and President Obama today expressed confidence that it would happen.

President Obama and Russian President Dimtry Medvedev signed the START Treaty in April. It would reduce the number of strategic nuclear warheads both nations could possess. But it must be ratified by the Russian Parliament and a two-thirds vote of the U.S. Senate.

Going into the debate, Alaska’s senators heard a strong message from home.

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