President Obama may have seen the writing on the wall before making a play to help secure passage of the New START treaty in the Senate. Obama has reportedly agreed to spend $4 Billion on upgrading the nuclear arsenal as an incentive to pass the treaty. This would be on top of the $10 Billion the administration has already promised to spend over the next decade. White House officials have declined to confirm this report.
In a last-minute bid to save a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, the Obama administration has offered to spend $4 billion more over five years on the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, congressional sources said Friday.
President Obama has made passage of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, one of his top priorities for the lame-duck session starting next week. Officials worry that the pact could face long delays, or even fail, if it is put off until next year, when the Democrats’ Senate majority will shrink.
Republicans have conditioned their support for the treaty on a big budget increase to fix up the country’s aging weapons-production facilities.