Brown Will Support New START Treaty

Published December 20, 2010

The Globe reports Sen. Scott Brown will support New START:

He will support the New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, providing a potentially crucial vote when the measure comes up for a vote as soon as Tuesday.

“I’ve done my due diligence, and I’m going to be … ultimately supporting the START treaty,” Brown told reporters after emerging late this afternoon from a closed-door intelligence briefing for all senators. “I believe it’s something that’s important for our country, and I believe it’s a good move forward to deal with our national security issues.”

This is John Kerry’s baby. Treaties require 2/3 Senate approval for ratification, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida says there are enough votes.

Brown is the sixth Republican to sign on.