Senate ratifies nuke pact, delivering win to Obama

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 23, 2010 02:27

The Senate on Wednesday ratified an arms control treaty with Russia that reins in the nuclear weapons that could plunge the world into doomsday, giving President Barack Obama a major foreign policy win in Congress' waning hours.

Thirteen Republicans broke with their top two leaders and joined 56 Democrats and two independents in providing the necessary two-thirds vote to approve the treaty. The vote was 71-26, with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., showing up just two days after cancer surgery.

Obama praised the strong bipartisan vote for a treaty he described as the most significant arms control pact in nearly two decades.


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