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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Take Urgent Action to Get START Ratified Now!

Don't Let Senator Kyl Stand in the Way of Ratification!

Will you help? Tell your senators that you expect them to demand a vote on the
New START Treaty now, in the lame duck session of Congress. Then ask five friends
to take action too. The New START way leads to threat reduction, confidence
building, and more security. Senator Kyl’s way leads to threat escalation, loss
of confidence, and less security. You can help turn the Senate in the direction
of more security.

The fewer nuclear weapons and the more we know about them, the safer we will all be. Senator Lugar knows this; so do the past five chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and General Colin Powell. That's why they, along with FCNL (the Friends Committee for National Legislation), are demanding that the Senate ratify the New START treaty with Russia, now -- before this session of Congress ends in December.

We have the 67 votes needed to ratify the treaty, but that supermajority makes no difference if one man, Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona, gets the way. He wants to prevent a vote. Tell your senators to make sure that Senator Kyl does not get a "one-man veto."

Go to this link to take action online, and please spread the word:
Action Alert

Why Ratify New START?

* It will reduce tensions between the two largest nuclear powers in the world
by allowing both countries to inspect the other country’s nuclear arsenal.
With the expiration in December 2009 of the first START treaty, inspections
and verifications have stopped. Those inspections can resume as soon as the
new START is ratified.

* It will reduce the number of deployed nuclear weapons in both of our
countries, from 2,200 to 1,550 each.

* If our Senate fails to ratify START, prospects dim for future ratification of
the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Who supports this treaty?
Click here:
Treaty Supporters

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