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Senate Proceeding on Dec 17th, 2010 :: 2:50:25 to 2:57:45
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Bill Nelson

2:50:23 to 2:50:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: quorum call: mr. nelson: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr. nelson: mr. president, i ask consent to v call. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. nelson: mr. president, i'd like to be recognized to speak on the start treaty. the presiding officer: the senator is recognized. mr. nelson: mr. president, i

Bill Nelson

2:50:25 to 2:57:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

2:50:46 to 2:51:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: support this treaty, and the support is overwhelming and it's bipartisan. the fact that the entire defense establishment in the pentagon supporsupports this treaty should be very significant. the questions that have been raised about the modernization

Bill Nelson

2:51:14 to 2:51:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of our basically arsenal of nuclear weapons is a legitimate question but it's one that is constantly tended to, not only by the appropriate committees here in the congress but by the defense and national security

Bill Nelson

2:51:40 to 2:52:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: establishment. the cold war has been over now for two decades. the u.s. and russia still possess 90% of the nuclear weapons, and the fact is that we need stability in these huge

Bill Nelson

2:52:06 to 2:52:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: arsenals of nuclear weapons to have that stability and to be able then to confront the rest of the world a instability. with regard to the potential nuclear threat. so, mr. president, while our

Bill Nelson

2:52:32 to 2:52:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: nuclear triad remains a critical component to our overall national security, it is no longer necessary for us to maintain such a huge stockpile. because we're facing new threats and we need new answers. now, here's what we know about

Bill Nelson

2:52:59 to 2:53:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the bottom line. this treaty enhances cooperation with russia. it allows for the on-site inspections. it allows for the verification of russia's nuclear arsenal, and it also demonstrates to a worldwide audience our commitment to oversight and

Bill Nelson

2:53:22 to 2:53:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: monitoring of nuclear weapons. this start treaty reduces the number of nuclear warheads in russia by 30%. so preventing a nuclear terrorist attack is paramount. the more we create the stability

Bill Nelson

2:53:43 to 2:54:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: with russia, it allows us then to increase pressure elsewhere on other countries who have nuclear weapons and of whom we are always concerned about those nuclear weapons getting out of their control and getting into the hands of people who would do

Bill Nelson

2:54:05 to 2:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: us harm. and of course it certainly is our concern of those countries with nuclear ambitions -- one, north korea, that apparently already possesses nuclear weapons -- and the country of iran, which is certainly trying

Bill Nelson

2:54:27 to 2:54:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to possess nuclear weapons. so it's just common sense that what do you is take an arsenal of some over 2,000 -- 2,200 nuclear weapons and that you would reduce them. and it's just commonsense that you would, under a treaty

Bill Nelson

2:54:48 to 2:55:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: between the two nuclear weapons that have 90 -- between the two nuclear powers that have 90% of the nuclear weapons, that you would start to reduce your delivery systems, and it just makes commonsense that we would be able to have an inspection and verification regime so that

Bill Nelson

2:55:12 to 2:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: we can have that stability between russia and the u.s. now, you can always bring up all kinds of things. this does not affect in any way our ability to have a national missile defense system. if we do not ratify this and it

Bill Nelson

2:55:38 to 2:55:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: is not only my thought but it is my expectation, mr. president, that we are going to be able to get the 67 votes to ratify this treaty, but if we did not, we would put ourselves in a much less safe position, because the previous start treaty expired a

Bill Nelson

2:55:59 to 2:56:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: year ago. now there is no recourse or system to inspect warheads. we've been analyzing this treaty now for the last seven months. the bipartisan support of this treaty, senator kerry and lugar,

Bill Nelson

2:56:20 to 2:56:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: along with the colleagues on the senate armed services committee and the senate intelligence committee, we've been combing through these details. now, we constantly have to develop new ways to safeguard

Bill Nelson

2:56:43 to 2:57:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: our national security, and developing new state-of-the-art systems allow for a more rigorous inspection regime. and we built up some of that experience since the cold war ended. when it comes around to investment, the obama

Bill Nelson

2:57:06 to 2:57:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: administration has agreed to invest $85 billion into the nuclear weapons complex. the administration agreed to senator kyl wanting another $4 billion increase. that's a modernization that needs to take place at several

Bill Nelson

2:57:35 to 2:57:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of our facilities so let's move on and ratify this treaty. this treaty does not limit our missile defense options.

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