Putting a stop to START

With Christmas Eve fast approaching, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has said he will force the reading of the entire omnibus appropriations bill – any senator’s prerogative, but usually dispensed with through unanimous consent. Now, DeMint is prepared to play another card, per a GOP official: “If Dems attempt to ram through START treaty, DeMint will ask for the reading of the treaty as well. Could take about 10-12 hours.” DeMint wrote on National Review’s “The Corner” blog on Dec. 2: “will use every tool available to oppose an attempt to rush the debate over the START Treaty during this lame-duck session.”

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