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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 0:04:10 to 0:11:20
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Lamar Alexander

0:04:07 to 0:04:27( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: vote and debate these judges this afternoon. senators will be n any votes are scheduled. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senator from tennessee is recognized in morning business for up to ten minutes.

Lamar Alexander

0:04:10 to 0:11:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:04:28 to 0:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: mr. alexander: madam president, i will defer to the republican leader if he's coming. i thank the majority leader. madam president, i will vote to ratify the new start treaty between the united states and russia because it leaves our

Lamar Alexander

0:04:49 to 0:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: country with enough nuclear warheads to blow any attacker to kingdom come, and because the president has committed to an $85 billion ten-year plan to make sure that those weapons work. i will vote for the treaty because it allows for inspection of russian warheads and because our military leaders say it does nothing to interfere with the

Lamar Alexander

0:05:11 to 0:05:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: development of a missile defense system. i will vote for the treaty because the last six republican secretaries of state support its ratification. in short, i'm convinced that americans are safer and more secure with the new start treaty than without it. last week i joined senators inouye, cochran and feinstein in a letter to the president

Lamar Alexander

0:05:33 to 0:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: stating that we will vote to ratify the treaty and to appropriate funds to modernize our outdated nuclear weapons facilities and that he -- the president -- requests those funds in his budget. last night i received a response from the president saying he would do so. i ask unanimous consent to include both letters in the record. the presiding officer: without

Lamar Alexander

0:05:54 to 0:06:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: objection. mr. alexander: why are these two so necessarily linked, the treaty and the plan for nuclear weapons modernization? the answer is that if we're going to reduce our number of warheads, we want to make sure that we're not left with what amounts to a collection of wet

Lamar Alexander

0:06:15 to 0:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: matches p. defense secretary gates said -- quote -- "there's absolutely no way we can maintain a credible deterrent and reduce the number of weapons in our stockpile without either resorting tow testing our stockpile -- to testing our stockpile or pursuing a modernization program." in a november 24 statement, senators kyl and corker said

Lamar Alexander

0:06:36 to 0:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: they -- quote -- "couldn't support reductions in u.s. nuclear forces unless there is adequate attention to modernizing these forces and the infrastructure that supports them." senators kyl and corker deserve credit for untiring efforts to fund properly nuclear

Lamar Alexander

0:06:58 to 0:07:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: modernization. president bush deserves credit for updating the nuclear modernization plan in such a significant way. i've reviewed that so-called 1251 plan, completed november 17 of this year which calls for spending $85 billion over the next ten years.

Lamar Alexander

0:07:19 to 0:07:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i visited our outdated nuclear weapons facilities. i'm convinced that the plan's implementation will make giant steps toward modernization of these facilities so that we and our allies and adversaries can be assured the weapons will work if needed. the president's statement that he will ask for these funds and

Lamar Alexander

0:07:42 to 0:08:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the support of senior members of the appropriations committee means that the plan is more likely to become a reality. the president agrees that in tight budgets, these funds should be considered as defense spending. i ask unanimous consent to include in the record a summary of the appropriations recommended by the plan mandated

Lamar Alexander

0:08:05 to 0:08:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: by section 1251 of the 2000 defense authorization bill. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: madam president, i'll offer an amendment at the appropriate time to the resolution of ratification to require an annual update of the 1251 report which the president's letter says he will do. under the terms of the treaty,

Lamar Alexander

0:08:27 to 0:08:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the united states may have 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear weapons, each one up to 30 times more powerful than the one used at hiroshima to end world war ii. the u.s. will also gain valuable data including through inspection operations that should provide a treasure trove of intelligence about russian activities that, we would not

Lamar Alexander

0:08:50 to 0:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: have without the treaty and that we have not had since the start treaty expired on december 9, 2009. over the weekend the president sent a letter to the senate reaffirming that -- quote -- "the united states will continue to develop and deploy effective missile defense." unquote. there is nothing within the

Lamar Alexander

0:09:12 to 0:09:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: treaty itself -- let me emphasize that. nothing within the treaty itself that would hamper the development of missile defense or its deployment. our military and intelligence leaders all have said that. obviously something could happen down the road involving differences over missile defense systems that could require

Lamar Alexander

0:09:34 to 0:09:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: either country -- russia or the united states -- to withdraw from the treaty. that is any sovereign country's right with any treaty. in 2002, president bush withdrew from the antiballistic missile treaty because of our desire to pursue missile defenses to protect us from an attack by a rogue state.

Lamar Alexander

0:09:56 to 0:10:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: i ask consent to include in the record the president's letter on missile defense. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: madam president, ratifying this treaty would extend the policies of president nixon, president reagan, president george h.w. bush, president george w. bush as well as democratic presidents. i ask unanimous consent to

Lamar Alexander

0:10:18 to 0:10:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: include in the record the statements of the last six republican secretaries of state, all of whom support ratification of the treaty. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: madam president, i will vote to ratify this treaty, but the vote we are about to have today is on whether to end debate. the majority's decision to jam through other matters during

Lamar Alexander

0:10:39 to 0:11:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: this lame-duck session has poisoned the well, driven away republican votes and jeopardize ed ratification of this important treaty. nevertheless this, treaty was presented in the senate on may 13. after 12 hearings in two committees and many briefings, the foreign relations committee reported the treaty to the

Lamar Alexander

0:11:01 to 0:11:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senate on september 16 in a bipartisan vote of 14-4. for several months there have been intense negotiations to develop a realistic plan and the funding for nuclear modernization. that updated plan was reported on november 17. the senate voted to proceed to the treaty last wednesday.

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