On Wednesday, Dec. 22, the Senate ratified the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and on Friday, Dec. 24, the lower house of Russia's parliament gave preliminary approval to the New START. The vote sets the stage for likely approval of the Treaty in 2011 -- an important step to bolster our nation's security.
The nuclear-arms pact between the U.S. and Russia, which builds on decades of work by Democratic and Republican presidents, limits the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550. Additionally, the treaty allows a return of monitoring and verification, which is crucial to the continued maintenance of strategic cooperation between the two nuclear superpowers and gives a degree of assurance to our national security policymakers that no satellite can match. Finally, Rep. Schiff believes that the passage of this legislation is an acknowledgement that Congress can work together to find sensible solutions to our common challenges.