WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Sunday said that he's more optimistic now about ratification of a nuclear weapons treaty with Russia.
The New START treaty that President Barack Obama wants ratified by the outgoing Congress has been opposed by some Senate Republicans.
Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana said he sees "strong bipartisan support" for an emerging agreement that would include a treaty vote during the post-election session. But he stated that Democrats would have to agree to limit Senate action to tax legislation, a broad spending measure and the treaty — in that order.
Lugar told CNN's "State of the Union" program Sunday morning that he thinks "the votes are there" if the treaty is brought up for a vote.