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Weekly Address: New START Treaty "Fundamental" to Security

Summary: 
The President says ratifying the New START, a pivotal treaty with Russia on nuclear weapons, must happen this year and says it is time for the Senate to act.

The President says ratifying the New START, a pivotal treaty with Russia on nuclear weapons, must happen this year.  He explains that failure to ratify the treaty this year would not only mean losing our nuclear inspectors in Russia, but also undermine the international coalition pressuring Iran, put at risk the transit routes used to equip our troops in Afghanistan, and undo decades American leadership and bipartisanship on nuclear security.