Landmark US-Russia arms treaty clears key US Senate hurdle
A key US Senate committee on Thursday recommended a landmark US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty for ratification, a victory for President Barack Obama over stiff Republican opposition.
The US Senate Foreign Committee's 14-4 vote set the stage for a final vote by the full US Senate, expected after November 2 mid-term elections.
Just three of the panel's Republican members -- Senators Richard Lugar, Bob Corker, and Johnny Isakson -- backed the agreement. Republican Senator Jim DeMint, who had been expected to oppose it, was absent.
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