Good News from Washington — UN Arms Trade Treaty DOA in US Senate

Photo Credit: REUTERSSens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) released a bipartisan letter this week signed by 48 of their colleagues pledging to oppose the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which Secretary of State John Kerry signed on behalf of the United States in September.

This letter makes it clear that the Senate will not ratify the treaty in the foreseeable future.

Since a treaty requires a two-thirds majority to win the Senate’s advice and consent, the ATT is at least 17 votes short of the 67 votes needed to secure ratification. And if anything, the Moran-Manchin letter understates Senate opposition to the treaty.

Eleven other senators, all Democrats, supported either an amendmentopposing the ATT offered earlier this year by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a concurrent resolution led earlier this year by Moran, a 2012 letter led by Moran or a 2011 letter led by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).

Put it all together, and a total of 61 senators either have pledged to oppose the ATT or have publicly expressed skepticism about it. If it ever reaches the Senate, the ATT is more likely to be opposed by 67 senators than to find a two-thirds majority willing to support it.

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  • James

    It dam well better be dead. It should have never been signed
    in the first place. There are millions of people saying, that they will fight before they let the dam UN touch their guns. The UN is as bad as our own government when it comes to doing anything. They are nothing but a bunch of 3rd world dictators trying to look important, but incapable of dressing themselves.

    • liberty49

      I agree. The UN is nothing but a bunch of Muslim thugs. It is time to get the US out of the UN and kick the UN out of the US! And the American people are tired of funding this farce!

  • catman

    Should stop old azzhole in his tracks the commie F