Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the resolution of advice and consent to the New START treaty:
“The most dangerous threat to America and to the world is for a terrorist organization or network to obtain a nuclear weapon. Nuclear disarmament is among the most critical steps we must take to keep our nation and future generations safe. The passage of today’s resolution of advice and consent to the treaty will improve our national security and ensure a safer world.
“Ratification of the New START treaty would reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the American and Russian arsenals, bolstering our national security by reducing the risk of loose nuclear weapons and materials falling into the hands of hostile nations or terrorist groups.
“The treaty signed by President Obama and President Medvedev is sensible and right for our nation’s security; this is evidenced by the endorsements of several former Secretaries of Defense and State from both sides of the political aisle. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure that this treaty is ratified, ensuring a safer world for our children.”