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Two Tennessee Republicans came on board for ratification of the U.S.-Russia nuclear arms deal on Tuesday as momentum grew in the Senate for the START treaty, the top foreign policy objective of President Obama in the lame-duck session.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he was convinced that "signing this treaty, that ratifying this treaty, and all the things we've done over the course of time as a result of this treaty" are in the national interest, the Tennessean reported. Corker said he was satisfied with commitments made by the Obama administration to modernize America's nuclear arsenal.

Earlier, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) third-ranking Republican in the Senate, told the Nashville newspaper he would vote to ratify the agreement in part because of the president's commitment to spend $85 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the U.S. nuclear arms program.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) supporting START treatySenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and his top lieutenant, Jon Kyl of Arizona, have said they will vote against START -- Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. But Majority Leader Harry Reid and other supporters won a key procedural vote for the treaty Tuesday and Reid planned to advance to a final ratification vote.

Alexander's and Corker's votes brought to at least nine the number of Republicans saying they would support the arms pact, the Washington Post reported. If the GOP numbers hold firm, Obama would have the two-thirds majority -- 67 votes -- needed for ratification, since 56 Democrats and two independents are also expected to back the deal, the Tennessean said.

Tennessee is one of the states likely to benefit from a nuclear modernization program, as it is home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a prominent science and technology research center.

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ConnieJ

Well, it's long past the time for a Constitutional Amendment to end the Lame Duck Congress. The amendment should be that NO person who lost the election be able to cast a vote on any legislation after the vote has been ratified. Another option would be for the incoming elected officials to take office 3 weeks after the election, and if the election is not final at that time, NEITHER person could cast a vote. It's time to STOP the shenanigans of today's corrupt politicians. CLEAN UP WASHINGTON !!!! We're sick of the whole bunch!

December 22 2010 at 9:40 AM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
donnal777

By all accounts, this treaty is better for Russia than it is for us. Why so many Republicans would vote for it is beyond me! You can bet the house that the meida will be ecstatic about this "win" for Obama! They are already falsely calling him "the comeback kid" to try and boost his poll numbers, just because he made a deal Not to give the American people the largest tax increase in American history by Not letting the Bush tax cuts expire. Obama had no choice! This liberal Obama-mania media is already doing their best to get him re-elected in 2012! God help us all if he does! This START Treaty will make America Less Safe, not more, another lie by this administration!

December 22 2010 at 9:22 AM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

What have the Russians done that we now have so much trust in them?.

December 21 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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joe

This is Obama's reward to the Russians for invading Georgia and telling the U.S. to butt out.

December 21 2010 at 6:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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