NEW START VERIFICATION IS UNDERMINED

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), made the following statement after his amendment to increase the number of inspections on bases and former facilities in the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was rejected by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 33-64:

"It is unfortunate that this treaty is being rushed through the Senate during a lame duck session right before Christmas, and issues like inspections, missile defense and modernization are suffering for it. Currently, under the New START there is a significant drop in inspections compared to START I. Increasing the number of Type One and Two inspections is absolutely critical to new START verification. Given that Russia has violated every arms control treaty our nation has had with them, it is unacceptable for the U.S. Senate to pass New START without increasing the number of inspections at their bases and former facilities.”

Inhofe's amendment would triple the number of inspections at ICBM, submarine, and air bases as well as at formerly declared facilities to ensure Russia and the United States adheres to the treaty’s rules.