President hopes lame-duck Senate will join him.
President Obama has set the stage for an acrimonious relationship with the newly elected senators of the 112th Congress. As they come to Washington this week for freshman orientation, his welcome message amounts to, "I want to disenfranchise you."
This "unwelcome" applies especially to those occupying six new Republican seats in the Senate come January. It bears most particularly on two issues that will profoundly affect U.S. security over the next six years of these newly minted senators' terms in office and far beyond: the so-called New START treaty and the repeal of a statute prohibiting homosexuals from serving in the armed forces.
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More News On Trying To Get The U.S. Senate To Ratify The New Start Treaty
Clinton And Gates: Why The Senate Should Ratify New START -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and Robert M. Gates, Washington Post
Clinton and Gates Renew Call for START Treaty Ratification -- CBS News
Senate urged to quickly ratify New START treaty -- Reuters
START treaty: Mullen delivers tough speech on nuclear weapons agreement -- Christian Science Monitor
Offering Nuclear Plus-ups, White House Awaits Kyl's Word on "New START" -- Global Security Newswire
All eyes on Sen. Kyl as Obama presses nuclear treaty -- Washington Post
Source: $4 billion more offered in effort to ratify START treaty -- CNN
Obama makes nuclear arms reduction talks his No.1 priority in final weeks of 'lame duck' Congress -- The Daily Mail
Nuclear Mondays -- Armchair Generalist
Senate must ratify new START agreement on nuclear arms -- Christian Science Monitor editorial
Old Problems With New Start: The Senate shouldn't ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty without guarantees that the administration will modernize weapons and improve missile defense. -- R. James Woolsey, Wall Street Journal