Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), a member of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, and Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., ranking minority member of the
Committee joined forces July 29 to urge the Senate to schedule hearings on the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, which enjoys extraordinary public support
according to polls released by the Senators.
The Senators are cosponsoring a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate
that the Foreign Relations Committee should hold hearings on the CTBT and the
full Senate should take it up for debate and a vote on ratification as soon as possible.
“Ten months ago, the President submitted the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty
to the Senate for its advice and consent,” Senator Biden said. “Since then, I regret
there has not been a single hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on this
Senate foot-dragging on the Treaty is out of step with the majority of
Americans, who strongly support a test ban, according to recent polls.
“The vast majority of Americans support U.S. ratification of the Treaty,” Senator
Biden said. “In five states -- with seven Republican senators -- the percentage of
treaty supporters ranges from 77 to 86 percent of those polled,” Senator Biden said.
The state-by-state polls, as conducted by The Mellman Group, Inc., and Wirthlin
Worldwide in July, found as follows:
Eighty-three percent of Nebraska voters want the Senate to approve the
CTBT, with support cutting across political and demographic lines.
An overwhelming majority of Kansans, 79 percent, want the Senate to
approve the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Support for the Treaty is strong
among Democrats (81 percent), Republicans (79 percent), and independents