GOP Effectively Kills Law Of The Sea Treaty

My question is, why aren’t all GOP Senators against this boondoggle? We know why Democrats love it: it puts quite a bit of American sovereignty in the hands of the United Nations as well as other issues

(Daily Caller) With 34 Republican senators now opposing a United Nations effort to regulate international waters, the Law of the Sea treaty effectively has no way forward in the U.S. Senate.

Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Johnny Isakson of Georgia joined 30 other GOP members in agreeing to vote against the U.N. treaty.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint helped lead the conservative effort on Capitol Hill to rally senators against the treaty, which has been pushed by chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry and notably backed by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

67 votes are needed in order to pass treaties, the 2/3rds requirement. Jim DeMint provides a few reasons why this is bad legislation

Heritage offers much more on why this is a bad treaty. So bad that it has been languishing since it first appeared in 1982. Is anyone really surprised that the extreme far left, led by Obama and Harry Reid, want this treaty passed? Ronald Reagan was so against it that he canned the State Department employees who wrote it. And

The man who tried to renegotiate the treaty was Ambassador James Malone. In 1984, he explained why Reagan considered LOST to be unacceptable: “The treaty’s provisions were intentionally designed to promote a new world order — a form of global collectivism … that seeks ultimately the redistribution of the world’s wealth through a complex system of manipulative central economic planning and bureaucratic coercion.”

That’s what the Democrat Party wants: loss of American sovereignty. The US has nothing to gain and everything to lose.

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6 Comments

Comment by LD Jackson
2012-07-17 07:41:39

I have to agree. I can’t understand why every Republican is not against this treaty. It makes no sense to support it, unless you have a strong dislike of America.

 
Comment by William Teach
2012-07-17 11:42:16

Exactly. One would think every Republican would have signed on, even squishes like Collins.

 
Comment by harp1034
2012-07-17 22:28:44

They are going to bring it up in a lame duck session after the election. It will pass late one night just before a holliday when no one is looking. Two or three senators on the floor with proxy votes in their pocket.

 
Comment by William Teach
2012-07-18 20:05:13

I hope not, harp. The GOP is going to have to be vigilant if they regain the Senate. Of course, they still need 67 Senators to vote Aye, which will be damned impossible.

 
Comment by SCOTTtheBADGER
2012-07-20 02:18:48

I am pleased, I don’t like the idea of the UN hobbling the USN, while PLAN can do what it wants with UN approval. This is a treaty that must die.

 
Comment by William Teach
2012-07-20 11:23:42

Expect the liberals to keep bringing it up, though, Badger. They love the thought of the US losing sovereignty.

 

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