Bipartisan Vote on Arms Treaty Clears a Hurdle

The New York Times, Wednesday, December 22, 2010

by Peter Baker

Bipartian Vote Clears the Final Hurdle for a Nuclear Treaty with Russia

“The Senate voted 67 to 28 to end debate on the treaty, known as New Start, mustering the two-thirds majority needed for ratification despite a concerted effort by Republican leaders to sink an agreement.”

“Today’s bipartison vote clears a significant hurdle in the Senate,” said Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts…”

Runners clear hurdles (jumping over obstacles) as they continue running in some “track and field” events.  Horses and horseback riders do the same thing.  The hurdles for the Democrats and President Obama in this political initiative were the Republicans.

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