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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 9:43:55 to 9:46:15
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Benjamin L. Cardin

9:43:55 to 9:44:15( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: thank you, mr. president. the presiding officer: who yields time? mr. kerry: mr. president, i senator from maryland. mr. cardin: thank you. first, let me thank senator kyl for bringing this issue to our attention. i think it's a very important issue.

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:43:55 to 9:46:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:44:16 to 9:44:36( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: we have a lot of security issues as it relates to russia, as it relates to europe, and as it relates to the sea-launched cruise missiles. i couldn't agree with the senator more. but this is -- falls under the same category of the discussion we had earlier about a side agreement on tactical weapons. and these are all beneficial

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:44:37 to 9:44:57( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: issues, but it's not the key issue that's before us today. and if we were to adopt this amendment, i think we all would agree that it would cause a considerable delay in the implementation of the start treaty. and let me just remind my colleagues, that

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:44:58 to 9:45:20( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the start treaty, according to our military experts is needed now. we've been a year without having inspection regimes in russia so that we can get the intelligence information we need by people on the ground. that expired december of last year. so we've already been delayed through this year.

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:45:21 to 9:45:41( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and the longer you delay, the less reliable the information we have for our own national security. so although it had be nice to -- it would be nice to have all these side agreements with russia on these other issues, we'd ask our negotiators to do this, it takes time.

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:45:42 to 9:46:02( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: it takes time to negotiate. it's not all one sided to negotiate. you know that. we know that as we negotiate issues. this is an important issue, but it shouldn't delay the ratification an im -- and imitation of the new start treaty so we can get our inspectors on the ground getting

Benjamin L. Cardin

9:46:03 to 9:46:15( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the information that we need for our own national security as it relates to the stratigic capacity of russia. so for all those reasons, i

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