US Senate advances nuclear pact with Russia
The US Senate voted Tuesday to advance the nuclear arms pact with Russia, setting up a final vote to ratify the treaty requiring the two countries to reduce their deployed nuclear warheads, dpa reported.
The Senate voted 67-28 to end nearly a week of debate on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, and bring it to the floor for a final ratification, which could take place Wednesday or Thursday.
President Barack Obama and Democrats are confident they have the support of two-thirds - 67 votes - of the Senate, the threshold required under the Constitution to ratify treaties. They picked up the support of several key Republicans in the last several days.