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October 15, 2013

U.S. Senators Pledge to Oppose U.N. Arms Trade Treaty


The U.S. Senate today responded in overwhelming fashion to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signing of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a bipartisan letter led by Sens. Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Joe Manchin (D–WV), 50 senators pledged to oppose ATT ratification. Every Republican Senator except Mark Kirk (R–IL) and five Democratic senators signed the letter, ending any chance of Senate ratification. At the same time, 180 members of the U.S. House of Representatives backed Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in a bipartisan letter to President Obama in opposition to the signing of the ATT.