Earlier today, President Obama announced that his administration has come to an agreement with Russia on a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which he plans to sign and send to the U.S. Senate for ratification.
The Senate has the unique responsibility of ratifying all international treaties. It is very likely that as the next U.S. senator from Florida, I would have the task of deciding whether or not to consent to the ratification of this treaty with Russia.
An agreement with Russia that could constrain the ability of the United States to develop, build, and field nuclear weapons and their means of delivery has profound implications for not only American security, but the security of nations who depend on us for security against other nations who threaten them with nuclear weapons. With rogue nations either possessing nuclear weapons or on the verge of doing so, it is more important than ever that the agreement support, rather than weaken, the credibility of the American nuclear deterrent.
As a member of the U.S. Senate, I will review the president’s treaty proposal with scrupulous care.
— Marco Rubio is a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Florida.