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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 9:29:30 to 9:32:05
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Benjamin L. Cardin

9:29:26 to 9:29:47( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: towards this agreement. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. mr. kerry: how have left, mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator has nine minutes left on

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:29:30 to 9:32:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:29:48 to 9:30:08( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the wicker amendment. to the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: first let me thank senator wicker for bringing forward this amendment. i know that it is an amendment he feels very strongly about. i just really want to compliment him because i believe a good part of what he was concerned about is already in the resolution of the advice and consent on ratification.

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:30:09 to 9:30:29( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: as the senator pointed out, there is a consultation process before the bilateral consultive commission could meet on any changes that would modify the treaty itself, and there has to be consultation with congress on those issues, as the senator pointed out in his comments. so i think we have already taken

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:30:30 to 9:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: care of the -- of the major concern that you have that it would be a substantive decision made by the bilateral consultive commission. secondly, let me point out that whatever the bilateral consultive commission does, it's limited by the treaty itself which has been ratified -- hopefully will have been ratified by both the united states and russia, so there will

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:30:51 to 9:31:12( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: be the limit on the ratification already on the process. and as senator kerry pointed out, we certainly don't want to hold up minor administrative issues for senate confirmation, knowing how long senate confirmation of anything related to a treaty could take effect. the last point i want to bring out, you mentioned the missile defense -- i know this has been brought up over and over and

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:31:13 to 9:31:34( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: over again, but in our resolution of adoption, of advice and consent, we have already put in that that the new start treaty does not impose any limitations on the deployment of missile defense other than the requirements of paragraph 3, article 4 of the new start treaty which states each party shall not convert, shall not use icbm launchers or slbm launchers

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:31:35 to 9:31:55( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: for placement of missile defense interceptors therein. so we already put in the resolution the concern that you have voiced as the major reason why you wanted to expand the consultive process, which is also already included in the resolution. so for all those reasons, the point i think senator kerry has raised, this would present --

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:31:56 to 9:32:06( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: make it technically unworkable for the bilateral consultive commission to do its work if we required the senate consultation

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