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START Ratification Still Looks Like No-Go Before Year’s End

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 Kyls timeline for revealing his final position on START remains in flux. 

Durbin said, essentially, that the treatys fate is in the Minority Whips hands.

Theres no question that Sen. Kyls been in the drivers seat in terms of the scheduling, the Illinois Democrat said. I hope that weve satisfied his concerns and well give him ample opportunity for amendments if he wishes.

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