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House Votes to Limit Obama's Ability to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

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TEHRAN, May 12 (ICANA) – Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to limit U.S. President Barack Obama's authority to reduce America's nuclear arsenal and implement a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last December.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 9:06:31 PM
House Votes to Limit Obama's Ability to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

Over the objections of the Defense Department and Democrats, the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee approved a series of amendments directly related to Obama's ability to make nuclear weapons reductions. Seattlepi.com

By a 35-26 vote, the Republican-controlled panel approved an amendment that would prohibit money to take nuclear weapons out of operation unless the administration provides a report to Congress on how it plans to modernize the remaining weapons. Greenwichtime.com

Republicans said they were putting the brakes on any effort by the administration to race toward cuts. AP

The committee engaged in a sometimes-testy partisan debate over various amendments brought by Republicans that would put a number of stipulations on the New START nuclear weapons reduction treaty the Obama administration hammered out last year with Russia. The Hill

START stands for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Seattlepi.com

The Senate has ratified that pact, but House GOP members want to make sure this - and future - presidents live up to terms of the deal made to secure ratification. The Hill

To get GOP support in the Senate, President Obama agreed to spend billions to upgrade America's existing nuclear arsenal. The Hill

The votes are mostly symbolic because they are unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. Boston.com

On April 8, 2010, U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the most important nuclear arms reduction treaty in nearly two decades. Armscontrol.org

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) puts Washington and Moscow back on the path of verifiable reductions of their still-bloated Cold War nuclear arsenals and renewed cooperation on other vital nuclear security priorities. Armscontrol.org

The treaty limits each side to no more than 700 deployed strategic nuclear delivery vehicles and 1,550 deployed strategic warheads, which is 30 percent below the existing warhead limit. Whitehouse.gov

Just as importantly, New START would replace the 1991 START verification regime, which expired last December, with a more effective and up-to-date system to monitor compliance for the 10-year life of the new pact. Armscontrol.org

The Federation of American Scientists, a renowned organization for assessing nuclear weapon stockpiles, claims that Russia has 4,650 active nuclear warheads, while the U.S. has 2,468. Theinformationexperience.com

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