Law Of The Sea Treaty Sinks In Senate -- Politico
It appears the Law of the Sea treaty is dead in the water – at least in this Congress.
Two Republican senators declared their opposition on Monday to the international agreement, bringing the total number of Senate opponents to 34 – enough to sink the measure. A two-thirds majority of 67 votes was required for ratification.
Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) pushed the opposition movement over the top, citing concerns about U.S. sovereignty.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.), the two Armed Services Committee members declared: “No international organization owns the seas.”
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Update: Portman, Ayotte kill the Law of the Sea Treaty -- Washington post