The key Republican in New START negotiations in the Senate, Jon Kyl, indicated yesterday that the treaty would likely not be ratified in the lame duck session. Politico reports:
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the Senate's key skeptic on the START arms control treaty, said Sunday that he doesn't believe the treaty can be ratified during this lame-duck congressional session because of Democrats' desire to address other issues.
"No, no. The answer is there is not time to do it in the lame duck when you consider all of the other things that the Democratic leader wants to do," Kyl said on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Kyl referred to comments on the Senate floor Saturday by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who listed a variety of issues he wanted to consider, including taxes and unemployment benefits, as well a $250-a-head payment to Social Security recipients and repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military.