May 12, 2010

Kerry, Lugar Announce Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing Schedule for New START Treaty

WASHINGTON, DC – With the Obama Administration poised to formally submit the New START Treaty to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-IN) today released a schedule of upcoming hearings.
“We look forward to receiving the New START Treaty and shepherding it through the ratification process. In the coming weeks, we will conduct a series of hearings with administration witnesses and outside experts from across the political spectrum to ensure the treaty is rigorously vetted. Not only will this give Democrats and Republicans ample opportunity to thoroughly review the New START and its annexes, but it will also help make certain the treaty is judged on its merits,” said Kerry and Lugar.
In April, Chairman Kerry and Ranking Member Lugar held a hearing with former Secretaries of Defense James Schlesinger and William Perry on the history of arms control and its implications for the New START Treaty.
Following is the schedule of upcoming hearings. Please note that additional hearings will be advised at a later date.
The New START Treaty: The Policy Makers’ View
WHO: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen
WHEN: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 106
The History and Lessons of START
WHO: former Secretary of State James Baker
WHEN: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 419
The Role of Strategic Arms Control in a Post-Cold War World
WHO: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger
WHEN: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Senate Dirksen Office Building, Room 419