Nelson, Johanns key swing votes on New START Treaty

After months of delay, the U.S. Senate will vote on ratifying the “New START” Treaty on nuclear weapons in September—just before the fall general election. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obama Administration are still searching for the 67 votes necessary for ratification, despite the bipartisan backing of virtually every Democratic and Republican foreign policy luminary... the support of all three heads of the nation’s nuclear laboratories... and the endorsement of every former and current StratCom commander.

The votes of both Democratic Senator Ben Nelson and Republican Senator Mike Johanns are crucial for final adoption.

During the August recess, when both senators will be back in the state, call their local offices and urge them to vote for the arms agreement.  The New START Treaty:

  • cuts the U.S.’s and Russia’s nuclear stockpiles to 1,550 deployed warheads each
  • ensures verification with on-site inspections and data exchanges
  • replaces the original START Treaty, which expired last December
  • increases international security as it reduces the threat of accidental launch
  • boasts the support of every recent StratCom commander.

With the headquarters for America’s nuclear arsenal in their home state, the position of Senators Nelson and Johanns will send a huge signal to the other 98 members of the U.S. Senate.

Take this opportunity to give both of their offices a brief phone call and urge them to VOTE FOR ratification when the Senate reconvenes in September.


Sen. Ben Nelson
720 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
402-391-3411 (Omaha)
402-441-4600 (Lincoln)

Sen. Mike Johanns
Senate Russell Courtyard 1
Washington, DC 20510
402-476-1400 (Lincoln)
402-758-8981 (Omaha)
308-632-6295 (Scottsbluff)

And read the Huffington Post article about the StratCom commanders’ unanimous support for the New START Treaty.

Should you want even more information before you make your call , read this document prepared by the Arms Control Association that rebuts the arguments of critics: Eleven Reasons to Support New START: Responses to Treaty Critics

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