More Republicans go on the record to oppose UN treaty

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Anthony Martin
Conservative Examiner

As the Obama administration continues to engage in negotiations on two controversial U.N. treaties, more Republicans have now gone on the record to oppose the measures that critics say will encroach upon U.S. sovereignty.

On Friday U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., added his name to the growing list of Republican senators who oppose the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).

The office of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, also announced that the senator would oppose LOST. Five of the original 20 Republican senators who were listed in May as undecided or had announced support for LOST have declared their opposition to the treaty.

Joining Johanns and Grassley are Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The total number of Republican senators who now oppose LOST stands at 32. Only 15 Republicans have either declared in favor of the treaty or remain undecided — Alexander, Ayotte, Brown, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Enzi, Graham, Hutchison, Kirk, Lugar, McCain, Murkowski, Portman, and Snowe.

At least two more Republican senators are needed to oppose the treaty in order to insure its failure in a vote on the Senate floor, assuming that all 53 Democrats vote in favor.

The press secretaries for Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., contacted this reporter to make clear that they have not decided in favor of the treaty but are still considering all of its various provisions…

Opponents of LOST say that the treaty will require U.S. oil and gas companies to send billions of dollars per year to an international entity that would transfer the money to underdeveloped nations. Such a move would likely send energy costs skyrocketing. In addition, the treaty mandates many of the same provisions of the Kyoto climate change treaty and the “cap and trade” bill, both of which failed to gain enough support to be approved.

Conservatives have long suspected that President Obama is attempting to use U.N. international mandates to do an end run around the legislative process in Congress, which has failed to give him many of his key initiatives…

The entire article is at the Conservative Examiner.

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