The 20 Republicans who are apparently set to uphold the treaty, or who have not yet decided, are Enzi, McConnell, Hutchison, Toomey, Johanns, Ayotte, Graham, McCain, Lugar, Kirk, Snowe, Collins, Murkowski, Isakson, Grassley, Portman, Corker (TN, Cochran, Brown, and Alexander (TN).
This is a continually developing story that is changing on an hour by hour basis. For the latest information on who in the Senate has decided to oppose the treaty, consult late breaking articles here and here.
In 1983 President Ronald Reagan rejected LOST outright due to encroachments on U.S. sovereignty. Thus, the question arises as to why these 20 Republicans would be indicating support for a treaty that Reagan saw as an international attempt to usurp American sovereignty and thus supersede the U.S. Constitution.
As another hearing is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:00am on the Senate floor and we get closer to a June vote on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), I would like to call out attention on the remaining 20 Republican Senators that have not yet signed the letter to Sen. Reid which would block the passage of this bill. Yes I wrote about this few weeks ago in hopes that RedStaters would help prod their Senators into getting on board to stop this UN agenda.
There has been some success since my last diary, probably due to your efforts, as 3 more Senators have signed the letter so only 7 more signatures are needed. I’d like to add that Jake Walker wrote an excellent RS diary on same subject on May 30th with more substance than mine of just a plea to block it, that was very informative and provided links to the Senator’s websites to voice your opinion: http://www.redstate.com/ironchapman/2012/05/30/does-your-senator-oppose-the-law-of-the-sea-treaty-lost/. This may be our final push to kill the bill so please help out and pressure your Republican Senators to keep our nation’s soverignty intact.
Another positive development was the House passed a bill on May 18 that barred millions of dollars from funding LOST organizations that the administration had hoped to obtain. The vote was 229-193 and was the first formal vote in either Chamber.
This is an updated list of the 27 Senators that have signed the letter:
Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)–Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)–Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)–Pat Roberts (R-Kansas)—-David Vitter (R-La.)–Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)—John Cornyn (R-Texas)–Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)–Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)–John Boozman (R-Ark.)–Rand Paul (R-Ky.)–Jim Risch (R-Idaho)– Mike Lee (R-Utah)–Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)–Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)–Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)–John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)–Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)–John Thune (R-S.D.)–Richard Burr (R-N.C.)–Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)–Dan Coats (R-Ind.)–John Hoeven (R-N.D.)–Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)–Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)–Jim Moran (R-Kansas)–Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
Some of the more obvious names missing from the list are: Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Sen. Pat Toomey (R.-Pa), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R. N.H.), Sen. Mike Johanns (R. Neb) and of course Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) to name a few.
Lastly in somewhat related matter, as in the UN’s continual grab for power, the House lawmakers also started discussions on a UN proposal that would give it more control over the Internet, which certainly won’t gain any traction. So can we just quit the United Nations already or reign in its charter? May I at least suggest a change of venue to a less chummy location, say China, Russia or maybe even Afghanistan or Iraq. Less meetings equals less mischief in my mind.