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Press Release: Georgia WAND applauds Senator Johnny Isakson

Georgia WAND applauds Senator Johnny Isakson's support of New START in today's Senate Foreign Relations  Committee vote

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2010

Courtney Hanson or Jonathan Flack
404-524-5999; courtney@wand.org or RatifyNewSTART@wand.org

(Atlanta, GA) - Transcending a long summer of partisan divides, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson showed a strong commitment to national security today when he voted in favor of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). The Committee approved The New START resolution of 'advice and consent' in a 14-4 vote.

Republican Senators Isakson (GA), Corker (TN), and Lugar (IN) all voted in favor of New START. The Treaty will now go before the full Senate for a vote, where it will need the support of a two-thirds super-majority (67 votes) for ratification.

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) applauds Senator Isakson for his support of New START,  an extension of the original START treaty, first ratified in 1992 in the US Senate during the presidency of George H.W. Bush with an overwhelming 93 votes.

“Senator Isakson has risen above partisan politics and acted as a true statesman,” Bobbie Paul, Executive Director of Georgia WAND, said. "His vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reflects months of careful and detailed study. I hope his Republican colleagues will follow Johnny's lead - especially Georgia’s own Senator Saxby Chambliss - as momentum builds for full Senate ratification.”

Over the past six weeks, Georgia WAND members across the state made hundreds of calls and delivered over 1,500 letters to Georgia Senate offices, building awareness and a coalition of grassroots support for the treaty.

“We are grateful that so many Georgians took action: active and retired military personnel, engineers, academic leaders, scientists, physicians, students, women’s groups, peace and justice non-profits, environmentalists, and a diverse faith community. We have come together across party lines to agree on an issue that affects us locally, regionally, nationally and internationally,” Paul said.

New START reduces enormous U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals and re-establishes crucial U.S. monitoring of Russia’s stockpile, thus increasing transparency and stability.  With the original START treaty’s expiration on December 5, 2009, the U.S. has been unable conduct on-site inspections of Russian weapons for 285 days. During that time, not a single U.S. nuclear inspection has taken place in Russia .

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a grassroots, woman-led, community-based organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for change. www.gawand.org.  First incorporated in Georgia 26 years ago as  Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, Georgia WAND continues to adhere to its founding principles of nuclear non-proliferation and peace in action.


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