12.16.10

Senator Burr Floor Speech on New START Treaty

Washington, D.C. - This afternoon, Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) spoke on the floor of the United States Senate about his concerns over ratification of the New START Treaty. Excerpts from his floor speech and a link to view video footage of the speech are below:

"I remain concerned that by ratifying New START, the United States Senate would be allowing an outdated and narrow agenda to constrain our defensive flexibilities and capabilities at the very point in history where we need a clear-eyed view of the real threats on the horizon.""This treaty represents an old approach, based on Cold War relationships, and, in my estimation, it should be rejected by this body."

Following his floor address, Senator Burr spoke on the topic saying, "There are also greater issues at hand here which may be largely unknown to the public, but cause me grave concern as a member of the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees. It is these issues, which I am not at liberty to discuss openly or on the floor of the Senate, that scare me the most."

CLICK HERE to watch video of Senator Burr's floor speech.