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Senate Proceeding on Dec 2nd, 2010 :: 0:47:15 to 0:49:45
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Benjamin L. Cardin

0:47:06 to 0:47:27( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: they're partisans, they're parents before they're republicans and democrats, and their neighbors before they're foes. we need to respond and the senate should ratify new start now. i yield the floor. mr the presiding officer: the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: let me join my colleagues who have taken the floor this morning and urge the

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:47:15 to 0:49:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Benjamin L. Cardin

0:47:28 to 0:47:49( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: timely ratification of the start treaty. we have now been one year without a comprehensive verification regime to understand russia's strategic nuclear forces. since the end of the cold war, we've had a verification system in place because we need to know

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:47:50 to 0:48:10( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: what russia is doing. we're at risk by not having a comprehensive verification regime in place. the ratification of new start will allow us to have that verification system in place and it's in our national security interest. we have had plenty of opportunity to understand

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:48:11 to 0:48:34( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: exactly what's involved in the new start treaty. seven months the united states senate has been considering the ratification. we've had over 20 hearings. i'm honored to serve on the senate foreign relations committee and we've had numerous hearings and opportunities both in closed sessions and in open sessions to understand exactly

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:48:35 to 0:48:56( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: why this ratification is in the united states' security interest. i point out this is new start. we already had a strategic arms reduction treaty with russia that expired at the end of last year. that treaty was ratified by a prior vote of 93-6. so we have great interest. we know what's involved and we've had strong bipartisan

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:48:57 to 0:49:17( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: support for the ratification of start. the u.s. needs transparency to know what russia is doing and to provide confidence and stability. we need that confidence and staishty to contribute to a -- stability to contribute to a safer world. the ratification of new start allows the united states to continue to be in the leadership internationally not only to deal

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:49:18 to 0:49:39( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: with arms reductionings, but also to deal with nonproliferation issues. that's particularly important today as we get international support to prevent iran from becoming a nuclear weapon state. rush has helped us in that -- russia has helped us in that regard, the ratification of this

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:49:40 to 0:49:45( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: treaty is a movement toward limiting iran's nuclear ambitions.

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