WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new START Treaty:
“Today’s signing of the new START Treaty will strengthen the security of our nation, and our world. The U.S. and Russia are setting an example for the rest of the world by agreeing to reduce our nuclear weapon arsenals and strengthen verification measures. At the same time, we are maintaining our ability to defend ourselves and retain a robust missile defense capacity. This is another example of defending our nation in a smarter and more strategic way.
“Importantly, the signing of this Treaty sends a powerful message ahead of the May NPT review conference. I look forward to the Treaty’s speedy ratification.”