Senators show that politics, not policy, is holding up START treaty - CNN
The Republican senator who opposes ratification this year of a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia made clear Sunday that politics, not policy, is the main issue.
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that the Senate won't have enough time in December's "lame-duck" session to properly consider the so-called START treaty with Russia.
According to Kyl, the problem is that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, wants to bring up too many other issues in the lame-duck session before a new Congress convenes in January with a stronger
In particular, Kyl said Reid intends for the Senate to also consider a major immigration bill (the DREAM Act), a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, and a measure to make it easier for police and firefighters to form unions -- all of which are opposed by the Republican leadership.
At the same time, the Senate also must take up pressing issues such as Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year, and funding the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, Kyl noted.
"You can't do everything," said Kyl, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate. "How can Harry Reid do everything we talked about and still have time to discuss the START treaty?"