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The Senate on Wednesday approved a major nuclear arms pact with Russia, handing President Barack Obama a huge victory on his top foreign policy priority.
The president is holding a press conference today to address the latest congressional achievements.
The treaty would limit each country's strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550, down from the current ceiling of 2,200. It also would establish a system for monitoring and verification. U.S. weapons inspections ended last year with the expirati
Republicans had tried to kill the treaty by forcing changes in its language that would have sent it back for negotiations with Moscow. Democrats were working to appease some Republican senators by letting them raise these issues in legislation accompanying the treaty that would not directly affect the agreement.
Most Republicans remained opposed.
"The administration did not negotiate a good treaty," said Kyl, the Senate's No. 2 Republican leader. "They went into the negotiations it seems to me with the attitude with the Russians just like the guy who goes into the car dealership and says, `I'm not leaving here until I buy a car."'