He has led the GOP opposition to START for several months in order to negotiate acceptable changes with the White House and secure guarantees on related policy issues such as funding to modernize existing U.S. nuclear stockpiles. The senior Republican Senate aide said Kylís timeline for revealing his final position on START remains in flux.
Durbin said, essentially, that the treatyís fate is in the Minority Whipís hands.
ďThereís no question that Sen. Kylís been in the driverís seat in terms of the scheduling,Ē the Illinois Democrat said. ďI hope that weíve satisfied his concerns and weíll give him ample opportunity for amendments if he wishes.Ē