LOST appears lost for the year?
The U.S. Senate has been trying to pass the treaty since 1994. For those who object to it, there remain serious security and sovereignty concerns.
Also, there is an upcoming presidential election in which Barack Obama will want to avoid controversy surrounding the treaty as long as those concerns remain.
The Senate needs 67 votes to agree to the treaty and even supporters believe there is little prospect of obtaining that number.
Some 162 countries have signed up to the treaty since it was first introduced in 1982. However, President Ronald Reagan refused then to sign up to the treaty. President Bill Clinton did sign the treaty but even with changes the Senate didn’t provide an advise and consent vote on it.
That’s because the concerns raised then by Reagan in refusing to sign the treaty remain.
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