After U.S. Signature, Dangers of U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Begin to Surface

Monday, January 27, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D.
Monday, January 27, 2014

Washington, DC –( After U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in September of 2013, a bipartisan majority of the Senate stated its opposition to ratifying the treaty.

Over the past months, the dangers of the ATT have become increasingly obvious, and supporters of the treaty have been increasingly assertive in their claims and their criticism of the United States. The wisdom of the Senate’s opposition to the treaty having already been amply demonstrated, it is time for both the Senate and the House to hold hearings on the ATT.

Congressional Opposition to the ATT Grows

On October 15, Senators Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Joe Manchin (D–WV) released a letter signed by 50 Senators pledging to oppose the ATT. A parallel House letter, led by Representatives Mike Kelly (R–PA) and Collin Peterson (D–MN) and signed by 181 Representatives, was released simultaneously. On October 21, four Democratic Senators, led by Jon Tester (D–MT), released a similar letter.[1] Today, a bipartisan majority of 53 sitting Senators opposes the ATT.

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