The current “lame duck” session of Congress will at least partially be defined by a high-stakes game of political chicken (sorry to use two fowl metaphors in one sentence!) over New START ratification between the White House and Senate Democrats on the one hand and Republican Senate obstructionists on the other. Read Peace Action board member, author and SUNY Albany Professor of History emeritus Larry Wittner’s article on History News Network.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) will be sworn in to President Obama’s former Senate seat today, and is a new “swing” senator on New START. Land of Lincoln residents (I used to be one!) should call him at (202) 224-2854 to urge him to support New START ratification.
Yesterday, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) appeared on Meet the Press and verbally jousted over policy and politics surrounding the nuclear arms reduction treaty. A video and transcript of the program are available on the show’s website.