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Senate Proceeding on Dec 22nd, 2010 :: 2:44:40 to 2:48:14
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John McCain

2:44:37 to 2:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: on this amendment that he was very involved in developing. mr. mc the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: on behalf of myself, senator lieberman and senator corker, i have an amendment at the desk and i ask

John McCain

2:44:40 to 2:48:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

2:45:02 to 2:45:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: for mr. kerry: mr. president, i believe the senator is referring to the amendment that is pending pending? correct, it is the pending amendment. mr. mcca mr. president, it's probably not too relevant but i would like to say this should have been the lieberman-corker-mccain or corker-lieberman-mccain

John McCain

2:45:24 to 2:45:44( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: amendment because of 9 distribution of effort that has been made -- because of the distribution of effort that has been made on this amendment. but that be as it may, this amendment i think makes some improvement that will be very helpful. and it has two parts.

John McCain

2:45:45 to 2:46:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the first requires the president to certify we don't recognize russia's argument that the treaty can only be effective and viable only in conditions when the united states is not building up its missle defenses. the statement would be transmitted to the russians when the instruments of ratification are exchanged.

John McCain

2:46:06 to 2:46:26( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: second, the amendment would include in the instrument an understanding that the preamble is not legally binding. now, i think this is a helpful amendment. and i appreciate that it could be included by the senator from massachusetts. but ultimately it doesn't address my concern that the russians believe the treaty could be used to limit our

John McCain

2:46:27 to 2:46:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: missle defense. we should have removed this clause from the preamble, the message sent by the first part of this amendment is positive, but it is not conveyed to the duma. now, i think when we look at fact and i understand why the proponents of this treaty

John McCain

2:46:48 to 2:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: wouldn't want to transmit this aspect of the treaty to the duma for fear of perhaps problems in the russian duma, although it is not a body that's renowned for its independence, to say the least. the fact is it will not be

John McCain

2:47:10 to 2:47:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: transmitted to the duma. and t and the united states agree to treaty and a part of that treaty was not transmitted to the uniteunited states senate, that would be something that i think most of us would take strong exception to. but this amendment i want to thank senator corker -- senator corker has worked extremely hard

John McCain

2:47:31 to 2:47:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: on this issue. joe lieberman has worked extremely hard trying to reach a point where that -- obviously that they could agree to support this treaty whether they re -- whether they eventually do or not is something i neither know

John McCain

2:47:52 to 2:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: nor would predict. i think it shows some improvement. i still have various concerns as i have had from the beginning on the is of defense missle systems, how it would play, whether it is actually part of the treaty and, if so, how enforceable?

John McCain

2:48:13 to 2:48:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and the thing that complicates

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