Kyl: No Time for START Treaty

December 9th, 2010 at 1:35 am | 1 Comment |

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Politico reports:

With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pressing for quick ratification of the New START treaty, unhealthy Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) reiterated again on Wednesday there wasn’t enough time left in this lame-duck session of Congress to consider it.

Kyl — who’s been holding out for more money to modernize the nation’s nuclear research labs, treat among other things — met with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but there was no public signal of progress afterward.

“There’s a lot going on,” Kerry told reporters after the meeting in Kyl’s Capitol office. “We’re trying to make sure that there is adequate time for each of the things that have to be done. And senators don’t want to feel like they’re being cheated of that adequacy of time. They don’t want to be jammed.”

Currently at the top of Reid’s must-do agenda is a new continuing appropriations measure to fund the federal government and the tenuous deal with the White House to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

“Throw in the other things that the leader wants to do here and you’re up against [Dec. 17], which is the date that he suggested we would leave to finally go home and have a little time before Christmas,” Kyl told reporters.

And trying to ratify the complex nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia “right up against Christmas Eve” is “not a good thing,” he said.

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  • dante

    Here’s an idea: Stay in DC until you finish doing your f***ing job! You Republicans want to throw up roadblocks on everything, drag everything out, and offer “unlimited amendments”, well stay there and keep working till it gets done. Maybe you might not be quite so quick to filibuster something at 8pm on Christmas Eve.

    If I’m at my job and I drag everything out and make it take 4x as long as it should, guess what, I have to stay at work till it gets done. If it takes me 20 hours/day due to my own incompetence, I’m working 20 hours per day.