FoPo has it from SecState Clinton that the administration is in the late innings of a “no-hit game” with Senate Republicans, finalizing a deal that would allow for a vote on New START this month — possibly by Dec. 13:
“It’s like a no-hit game. We’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s not done until it’s done,” Clinton told The Cable in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the IISS Manama Security Dialogue.
Senate sources say the deal is imminent and would result in bringing the treaty, known as New START, to the Senate floor on Dec. 13, which could provide up to two weeks of floor time to debate and then ratify the pact . . .
. . . “We have been encouraged by the positive response we’ve received from a number of Republicans,” she said. “They’re also telling us, ‘You know, it depends on what happens during this session.’”
She also said that if and when the treaty does get a vote, she thinks it will secure the 67 yes votes needed for it to go into effect.
“I believe we have enough votes that recognize the national security importance of doing this. But I’m not counting the chickens until they vote.”