Utah Senator Orrin Hatch
(KCPW News) While it appears President Obama’s new START nuclear treaty with Russia is gaining momentum with several top Senate Republicans promising their support, Utah’s Orrin Hatch says he will vote against it.
Hatch says he will oppose the treaty because he believes pushing something that holds “national security implications for our country and our people” through a lame-duck session of congress is “not how the American people want Congress to operate.”
In his statement, Hatch went on to say “denying the bipartisan group of newly-elected Senators the right to vote on this treaty, while granting that power to those who won’t be here in January, is in my opinion wrong.”
The treaty would cut atomic weapons deployed by the United States and Russia to 1,550 within seven years. Both Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have already signed it. A Senate vote is expected Wednesday.