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Senate Proceeding on Dec 22nd, 2010 :: 2:59:50 to 3:03:34
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Bob Corker

2:59:46 to 3:00:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: it is a unified way to conclude here before we go to ratification and i urge my colleagues to support the amendment. i thank the chair and i yield the floor and i yield t senator from tennessee. mr. corker: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. corker: i would like to ask unanimous consent to add senator begich on as a cosponsor if i could. the presiding officer: is there objection?

Bob Corker

2:59:50 to 3:03:34( Edit History Discussion )
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Bob Corker

3:00:09 to 3:00:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: without objection, so ordered. mr. corker: mr. president, i am thrilled to join with senator mccain and senator lieberman in an amendment dealing with missile defense. this is a subject that has been discussed ever since this -- this treaty was first presented, and i cannot think of a better way to end this debate. i want to thank senator kerry for having the patience of job,

Bob Corker

3:00:31 to 3:00:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: having worked through this. somebody mentioned dealings and where they have been taking place. they have been taking place here on the senate floor. we have been working on this for a long time. we have gone through intelligence briefings, we have gone through incredible amounts of hearings, and i think this has been done exactly in the right way and i want to thank him for his leadership.

Bob Corker

3:00:53 to 3:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: i want to thank senator lugar for his leadership. on nuclear armaments in general. you have been pursuing that for years. so we have before us an amendment on missile defense, and again, it's been discussed in great detail. this does three things, and senator lieberman certainly talked about much of the detail. but the president the other day

Bob Corker

3:01:17 to 3:01:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: sent us a letter declaring in a very industry dent ways his commitment to both the phased adaptive missile defense in europe which will take place in europe and our ground-based interceptors. he has said that absolutely and in industry dent terms. what this amendment does is it certifies to congress, he certifies to congress that he is

Bob Corker

3:01:38 to 3:01:59( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: going to continue those efforts. he will continue those efforts on phase adaptor approach and ground-based interceptors. secondly, we have been concerned about what russia thinks as it relates to this treaty. when we exchange the documents, when we exchange the documents when ratifying this treaty, they're going to be told that

Bob Corker

3:02:00 to 3:02:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: we, in fact, are continuing to pursue our missile defense in every way possible, and that in no way affects our relationship from that standpoint as it relates to the treaty. i think that is incredibly strong. and then thirdly, we have talked about this preamble, and every one of us knows, every one of us knows the preamble is nonbinding, but as an

Bob Corker

3:02:21 to 3:02:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: understanding of this treaty going forward, we are telling the russians that the preamble absolutely is not binding and that we're pursuing these missile d that have been discussed. i am proud to join with senator mccain, with senator lieberman two people that care as deeply about our national security as anybody in the united states,

Bob Corker

3:02:43 to 3:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: certainly in this senate. i'm proud to have the other members of the senate who joined in. let me just say in closing, i think it's absolutely appropriate that the last two amendments that we address are the kyl amendment which deals with modernization. the president has made

Bob Corker

3:03:04 to 3:03:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: incredible investments in modernization that really have come about through this entire process. a commitment to ensure that the nuclear arsenal that we have is one that operates, that is reliable, that's safe. i think people know that we have 1,550 deployed warheads after this treaty goes into effect

Bob Corker

3:03:26 to 3:03:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: over a long period of time we reduce to that number, but that we have 3,500 other warheads that again will continue to be modernized and made available if necessary.

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