There appears to be no rush among Senate Republicans to finish what President Barack Obama STARTed when he signed the new arms reduction treaty recently with Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev.
At a closed-door meeting Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans listened to arms experts and leaders in their caucus discuss the deal, a follow-on to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
But the general feeling in the room was that it was way too early to decide whether the new START merited a thumbs-up or thumbs-down from the Senate, some participants said.
“I think everybody wants to see the full language before making a decision,” said Senator George LeMieux of Florida after the meeting.
“There are all the appendices (to the treaty) that we have not seen,” he said. Those are expected to be sent to the Senate by the Obama administration next month, along with the treaty itself.