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senate Bill S. 845

Should the U.S. Extend the New START Treaty for Five Years?

Argument in favor

It’s unclear how long it’ll take to negotiate a New START Treaty, and waiting too long, allowing the current treaty to lapse, or signaling that the U.S. isn’t committed to New START could be disastrous for the global nuclear order. Perceived lack of American commitment to START could also embolden Russian military adventurism, risking more situations like Crimea.

jimK's Opinion
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08/24/2019
Absolutely, extend the START treaty. I grew up in the days of weekly “duck and cover” drills and within walking distance of MinuteMan missile silos, built within residential and highly populated city limits of Cleveland suburbs. I absolutely do not want my grandchildren to ever have to live under the doomsday mentality that dominated our country in those days- knowing that a nuclear conflict could, in mere minutes, easily become a life-extinction event. I don’t much care if one side or the other “cheats”, there are numerous ways to catch those that do. Nuclear weapon testing of any type is monitored globally and cannot go unnoticed. Anything we can do to prevent a re-escalation of this threat to humanity is mandatory. I never again want to hear that our defining defensive strategy is “mutually assured destruction”.
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IllWill's Opinion
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08/24/2019
Maybe we should focus on reducing the number of weapons in the world such as nukes instead of increasing them. Everyone should want to live on a planet that isn’t endangered by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, but apparently this moronic President is only interested in building up our amount of weapons of war instead of promoting peace and stability.
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08/24/2019
Extending New Start buys the United States 60 more months, which should make the prospect of new, more comprehensive talks realistic. The six-and-a-half years until February 2026 is enough time to determine whether China will meaningfully engage in an arms control discussion, decide which new technologies should be in the scope of a new agreement, and agree on a new inspection regime. If potential Russian violations are of concern, an extension could be made conditional on Moscow’s compliance and engagement with the new process. However, the extension is not a substitute for other necessary steps that maintain the nuclear balance, including investing in nuclear modernization—recapitalizing the infrastructure to keep the U.S. triad safe and reliable. Extending the New Start Treaty until 2026 is the choice that will best serve long-term goals, as the extension can be used to improve the nuclear arms reduction regime, strengthen nuclear control and verification systems, and deliver important U.S. national security goals.
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Argument opposed

Since the New START Treaty took effect in 2011, Russia has developed new nuclear weapons that aren’t covered by it and adopted an aggressive nukes-first military policy that needs containment. Both of these issues need to be addressed in a new treaty that has more enforcement authority to verifiably reduce Russia’s nuclear weapons stockpile.

Gregory's Opinion
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08/24/2019
You can not trust the Russians the Chinese or the Iranians or even the socialist democrats they are not looking out for the best interest of the american people. WIN Win win 2020 KAG
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Rick 's Opinion
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08/24/2019
What sense does it make to follow a one sided treaty?!?!
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/25/2019
President Trump will negotiate a new treaty not just with Russia but China and possibly North Korea to. We don’t need Senator Menendeze’s Bill and I don’t recommend passage of it. Trump is the great negotiator and secure a far better treaty which can be enforced and monitored for violations. #MAGA
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    Absolutely, extend the START treaty. I grew up in the days of weekly “duck and cover” drills and within walking distance of MinuteMan missile silos, built within residential and highly populated city limits of Cleveland suburbs. I absolutely do not want my grandchildren to ever have to live under the doomsday mentality that dominated our country in those days- knowing that a nuclear conflict could, in mere minutes, easily become a life-extinction event. I don’t much care if one side or the other “cheats”, there are numerous ways to catch those that do. Nuclear weapon testing of any type is monitored globally and cannot go unnoticed. Anything we can do to prevent a re-escalation of this threat to humanity is mandatory. I never again want to hear that our defining defensive strategy is “mutually assured destruction”.
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    You can not trust the Russians the Chinese or the Iranians or even the socialist democrats they are not looking out for the best interest of the american people. WIN Win win 2020 KAG
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    Maybe we should focus on reducing the number of weapons in the world such as nukes instead of increasing them. Everyone should want to live on a planet that isn’t endangered by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, but apparently this moronic President is only interested in building up our amount of weapons of war instead of promoting peace and stability.
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    Extending New Start buys the United States 60 more months, which should make the prospect of new, more comprehensive talks realistic. The six-and-a-half years until February 2026 is enough time to determine whether China will meaningfully engage in an arms control discussion, decide which new technologies should be in the scope of a new agreement, and agree on a new inspection regime. If potential Russian violations are of concern, an extension could be made conditional on Moscow’s compliance and engagement with the new process. However, the extension is not a substitute for other necessary steps that maintain the nuclear balance, including investing in nuclear modernization—recapitalizing the infrastructure to keep the U.S. triad safe and reliable. Extending the New Start Treaty until 2026 is the choice that will best serve long-term goals, as the extension can be used to improve the nuclear arms reduction regime, strengthen nuclear control and verification systems, and deliver important U.S. national security goals.
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    Let’s solve the problem by addressing the root cause. Get the amateur out of the White House. Enough of the childish games, we need adults who aren’t obsessed with their own egos and pocketbooks running the country.
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    👍🏻👍🏻 Senate Bill S.845 AKA the New START Policy Act of 2019 👍🏻👍🏻 I’m in agreement with and recommend the passage of the Senate Bill S.845 AKA the New START Policy Act of 2019 which would call for a five-year extension of the New START Treaty until February 2026. Were the president to determine that Russia is in material breach of the New START Treaty, this extension wouldn’t apply. It’s unclear how long it’ll take to negotiate a New START Treaty, and waiting too long, allowing the current treaty to lapse, or signaling that the U.S. isn’t committed to New START could be disastrous for the global nuclear order. Perceived lack of American commitment to START could also embolden Russian military adventurism, risking more situations like Crimea. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻S.845👍🏻👍🏻. 8.24.19..........
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    I grew up in the fifties where we would all in school go out into the hallways and sit away from doors, class rooms pulled their shades. Students waiting for the drill to end. Never knowing when the real bomb would drop. At least negotiating nuclear armament is a starting process bringing intelligent people to the table, so hopefully we will never have to run these drills again.
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    Why not give peace a chance?
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    Extend the START treaty.
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    Why is this even a question? Of course it needs to be extended. But my stupid and inept senators-tillis and burr, along with Moscow Mitch, blowhard Graham and idiotic Hatch with all their minions and henchmen will likely screw this up too!
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    Any treaty is better than no treaty. With something in place it may be easier to renegotiate. And, I don't trust trump not to antagonize and threaten.
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    What sense does it make to follow a one sided treaty?!?!
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    A no brainier. Strumpfy, of course, will destroy this too.
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    Nuclear energy has not been harnessed safely and nuclear waste as well as proliferation of weapons irresponsible create an existential threat to humanity! Eliminating the use of nuclear energy until it is harnessed safely must be a priority for all governments world wide!! E& D should continue because technology will sooner or later render nuclear energy wastes inert and safe!! The non-proliferation treaties are good stop gaps ! But the reality of nuclear energy is that it poses a greater risk to our life on the planet than climate change!! As the vanguard of democracy in the free world it is up to us to lead by example!!
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    I’m in agreement with IIIWiII statement below. With only one modification, tRump will never be a President, he’s proven over and over again he’s a Presidunce. Maybe we should focus on reducing the number of weapons in the world such as nukes instead of increasing them. Everyone should want to live on a planet that isn’t endangered by the threat of nuclear Armageddon, but apparently this moronic Presidunce is only interested in building up our amount of weapons of war instead of promoting peace and stability.
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    President Trump will negotiate a new treaty not just with Russia but China and possibly North Korea to. We don’t need Senator Menendeze’s Bill and I don’t recommend passage of it. Trump is the great negotiator and secure a far better treaty which can be enforced and monitored for violations. #MAGA
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    Hopefully the administration will have changed!! So we should save it so it would be one less thing to reinstate...
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    No arms race!
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    Yes.
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    Keep the existing treaty while working to amend for new weaponry.
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