Enough Republicans oppose the Law of the Sea Treaty backed by the Obama administration to prevent the measure from winning ratification in the U.S. Senate this year, according to Senator Jim DeMint.
Four additional senators now say they oppose the treaty, bringing the number of opponents to 34, the level needed to defeat it if it were brought to a vote. DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, said today in a blog post. The added opponents are Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Rob Portman of Ohio and Johnny Isakson of Georgia. A treaty requires the support of 67 of the 100 senators.
“With 34 senators against the misguided treaty, LOST will not be ratified by the Senate this year,” DeMint wrote.
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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and leading advocate for the treaty, isn’t giving up, said his spokeswoman, Jodi Seth. He’ll proceed with plans to seek approval after the November elections, in a “lame duck” session of Congress, she said.