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New Arms Treaty Advanced By Senate

Neon Tommy |
December 21, 2010 | 2:51 p.m. PST

The Senate advanced Tuesday the new arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia with a 67-28 vote.

Republicans attempted to stop the treaty's ratification, arguing that it could hurt national security. But despite their efforts, the treaty got the two-thirds vote necessary to move forward.

A final vote on the arms treaty, dubbed New Start, is expected to take place Wednesday before the Senate heads out of town for the holidays.

If ratified, the treaty would require the U.S. and Russia to reduce stockpiles of nuclear arms in the next seven years to no more than 700 launchers and 1,550 warheads.

The vote Tuesday New Start marks another bipartisan victory for President Obama, who politically suffered after the midterm elections.

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