Notwithstanding efforts to obtain funding to modernize nuclear weapons and their delivery systems as a part of the U.S. Senate ratification of START, Arizona’s Jon Kyl and John McCain voted “nay.”
Senators Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (Maine), Bob Bennett (Utah), Jud Gregg (N.H.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and George Voinovich (Ohio) — all Republicans — joined with Joe Liebermann (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.) — both Independents — in voting for ratification. What is the matter with McCain and Kyl? Wasn’t $85 billion enough of a concession? Where some conservatives point to Republicans as having worked together in the lame duck session with Democrats, can Republican leadership by Kyl and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, both voting nay, be characterized as cooperation? Heck no!
Dale Whiting, Chandler
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