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Senate Proceeding on Dec 16th, 2010 :: 8:04:10 to 8:16:20
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Saxby Chambliss

8:03:56 to 8:04:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: as if read and the president be immediately notified of the senate's action. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. chambliss: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: i want to speak for a few minutes about the start treaty. before i do, there is another issue that's been debated on this floor and that we'll

Saxby Chambliss

8:04:10 to 8:16:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

8:04:18 to 8:04:39( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: continue debate on the over the next several days. that is the issue of funding of the federal government. there is an omnibus bill that has been laid out there now that is something that the process that happens here from time to time that is simply not the way that business ought to be done in this body.

Saxby Chambliss

8:04:40 to 8:05:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and as we move into the debate on the omnibus bill, there are a lot of us who want to see obviously the government remain open and running at full speed. all of us within this body want to make sure that as we do that, that we do it the right way. and, frankly to, run in an

Saxby Chambliss

8:05:01 to 8:05:21( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: omnibus bill at the last minute out here that has thousands of earmarks, some of which folks like me requested months and months and months ago, until two or three days ago had no idea that those requests would be honored are now included in

Saxby Chambliss

8:05:22 to 8:05:43( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: there, and it amounts to billions and billions of dollars. and with the issues that we've got tphourbgs including the election that took place on november 2 where the american people spoke loud and clear about the way washington spends money, this is not the way to do business. i intend to vote against that omnibus bill, and i'll speak more about that at a later date.

Saxby Chambliss

8:05:44 to 8:06:04( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: but i want to speak for a minute on the start treaty. and i want to start off by commending both senator kerry and senator lieu tkpwarbgs who as the -- senator lugar, as the chairman and ranking member on the foreign relations committee have worked long and hard on this particular measure. this treaty was signed by the president after negotiations were completed back in the

Saxby Chambliss

8:06:05 to 8:06:26( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: spring. by the time we got the text and then the additions to the text, i would say it was probably in, i don't know, april or may or whenever it was. since that time i know both senator kerry and senator lugar have worked very hard, and they have been open for discussion. i've had several discussions

Saxby Chambliss

8:06:27 to 8:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: with senator lugar about it and have explained my problems with it early on to him, and he's been very receptive. i got another letter from him today, further explaing some of the issues that are out there. but that is an indication of how complex this issue is. and as a member of the armed services committee and the

Saxby Chambliss

8:06:48 to 8:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: intelligence committee, i've had the taoubt to have -- opportunity to have any number of briefings. i've been in hearing after hearing. i've been in meeting after meeting with members of the administration as well as outside experts with those who believe it is right as well as those who believe it is wrong. i've been in phone calls. i've traveled abroad to visit

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:09 to 8:07:31( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: with our friends in both france and great britain about what they are doing with respect to their nuclear inventory. and it's not like folks like me have not been working on it and understand the complexities of this treaty and members of the

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:32 to 8:07:53( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: senate that don't serve on foreign relations services or intelligence don't have the benefit of the stiff briefings that those who -- of the extensive briefings that those who serve on the committee have had are trying to understand the operatives of this treaty also. my concerns have been laid out

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:54 to 8:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to senator lugar earlier on in a letter, but i've been very clear in conversations, in hearings and whatnot, including an extensive conversation that i had with my longtime good friend and -- senator sam nunn who along with senator lugar in my mind are the two godfathers of

Saxby Chambliss

8:08:16 to 8:08:36( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the russia-united states nuclear issue. and the issues that are out there are in the process of being dealt with and resolved but we're not there, in my mind. i can't speak for the other 59 folks here, but i can tell you this, that there are five major issues that i have been concerned with from day one. first of all, this missile

Saxby Chambliss

8:08:37 to 8:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: defense and what impact this treaty is going to have on missile defense. and i'll be honest, i expressed concern about that, including in a hearing in the armed services committee when secretary gates, who is an individual that i have such great admiration and respect for, we can have differences of opinion on policy

Saxby Chambliss

8:08:58 to 8:09:18( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: from time to time, but i know where secretary gates stands when it comes to the national security interest of the united states. and in response to a question that i asked him in an armed services hearing, he satisfied me with respect to the missile defense issue. and then, like happens with so many other issues when you have a complex treaty like this, we

Saxby Chambliss

8:09:19 to 8:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: have comments that are made in portugal in recent weeks about the phase 4 of our missile defense plan that all of a sudden raise another issue, or at least a potential issue that's got to be addressed and has got to be resolved in my mind before i can vote for a treaty that i want to support.

Saxby Chambliss

8:09:41 to 8:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: i continue to work through that particular issue, the second issue is the issue of modernization of the weapons in the united states. and we can look ourselves in the eye, members of this body and members of the house, and take part of the blame on this. we have not funded a modernization program for the

Saxby Chambliss

8:10:02 to 8:10:24( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: updating of nuclear weapons of the united states. and now we have called on the administration to make a commitment, and that commitment is going to have to be a financial commitment as well as a policy commitment. and to the credit of the administration, they have worked in a very diligent way, i know with the prodding of senator kerry and senator lugar, to

Saxby Chambliss

8:10:25 to 8:10:45( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: address this issue both from a budgetary standpoint as well as a policy standpoint. and again, it's not just this administration that has to be involved. it's future administrations as well as future congresses that are going to have to address that issue. and as we decide whether or not to vote for or against this treaty, we've got to satisfy

Saxby Chambliss

8:10:46 to 8:11:07( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: ourselves that future congresses, future administrations are going to do that. and how do you resolve that? i don't yet know. but it's another issue that we have to go through in our minds and satisfy ourselves on the issue of modernization before we can vote for it. thirdly is an issue of verification.

Saxby Chambliss

8:11:08 to 8:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: this is probably the major issue, at least in my mind, because the senator from illinois just spoke about the fact that we've gone for a tkwraoer or so now without having the opportunity under the treaty that expired in 2009 to have the opportunity to look at what the russians are doing and,

Saxby Chambliss

8:11:29 to 8:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: likewise, give the russians the opportunity to look at what we're doing. it is important when you have a complex issue like this and an issue where you have to trust the other side to do certain things that you have the opportunity to verify after you enter into a trusting

Saxby Chambliss

8:11:51 to 8:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: relationship with them. verification process as set forth in this new start treaty is, frankly, significantly different from the verification process that was in the treaty that just expired. there are reasons why it needed to be different, and i understand that.

Saxby Chambliss

8:12:13 to 8:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: but there still is an issue relative to do we have the right kind of verification measures in place in this treaty to be able to satisfy our community, both the defense community and the intelligence community, if this treaty gives us everything that we need to have to be sure that the russians are doing what they're supposed to do.

Saxby Chambliss

8:12:34 to 8:12:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and in that vein, one way that we are going about the issue of making sure that the verification requirements that are set forth in here are adequate is to look at the national intelligence estimate that was put out two months ago, six weeks ago, whenever it was.

Saxby Chambliss

8:12:56 to 8:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: when it did come out, i sat down and read through it, and it is a rather detailed document that sets forth each of the issues that in the minds of the intelligence community are issues, and those issues are dealt with in an appropriate way. there are still some questions

Saxby Chambliss

8:13:18 to 8:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: in my mind with the classified portion of this treaty that i've got to be satisfied with. i've started going through the n.i.e. again, and i hope over the weekend looks like we're going to have plenty of hours to sit down with not much going on, and i'm going to do that.

Saxby Chambliss

8:13:39 to 8:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and hopefully i'm going to satisfy myself on the classified portions of this. lastly, what's not in this treaty is just as much of concern to me as what's in the treaty. and that is a total lack of addressing the issue of tactical weapons. i understand because i've asked the question to the state department, to the intelligence

Saxby Chambliss

8:14:01 to 8:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: community, the defense department about this issue of technical weapons, and their rationale is that look we can't deal with tactical weapons until we get this treaty agreed to and signed and deal with the strategic side. then we deal with the tactical side. well, i don't buy that. i think there was an opportunity

Saxby Chambliss

8:14:23 to 8:14:43( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: that was missed. we, we are dealing with a country here that has fewer strategic weapons than we have. they're going to be huge beneficiaries under this bill from the standpoint of the sheer numbers. on the other hand, they have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, perhaps even thousands, because we really

Saxby Chambliss

8:14:44 to 8:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: don't know, more tactical weapons than what we have. and it's the tactical weapons that bother me just as much as the strategic weapons, because a tactical weapon can be put in a suitcase and delivered to a location that could destroy either something domestically here or u.s. assets somewhere

Saxby Chambliss

8:15:07 to 8:15:28( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: else around the world or people. and so i think the lack of addressing the tactical issue -- tactical weapons issue is -- it is a problem. is it enough to say we shouldn't do this? maybe not. but there are those of us who are really wrestling with the issue and trying to do it in right way because i will have to

Saxby Chambliss

8:15:29 to 8:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: say that in concluding my eighth year here, i've never had to vote in favor of a treaty that was this complex, this important, and had this much influence on what's going to happen with respect to the safety and security of our country for my children and my grandchildren.

Saxby Chambliss

8:15:50 to 8:16:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: again, i just want to conclude by commending senator kerry and senator lugar and -- and -- and their staffs for a tremendous amount of work here and their openness. we've never asked a question that they have not attempted to respond to. and i'm very hopeful over the next couple of days, a week, whatever we're going to be here

Saxby Chambliss

8:16:11 to 8:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: if -- if we concluded or if we conclude it next year, that we'll be able to -- to ultimately come together as a

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