On Monday, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said the controversial Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) being push by the United Nations “will not be ratified by the Senate this year.”
Last week, 30 Senators signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) telling him they would oppose ratifying the treaty if it comes to the floor of the Senate.
With the addition of four other GOP Senators saying they would not vote for the treaty, Sen. DeMint wrote there are enough votes “to ensure defeat of this misguided treaty.”
Sens. Mike Johanns (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said they would not support the treaty, bringing the number of those opposed to 34.
“It takes 67 votes to approve treaties in the Senate,” he added.
DeMint wrote that the treaty “would act as a backdoor Kyoto Protocol, forcing us into cap and trade policies that would destroy jobs and harm our economy.” He explained that it would also cost the United States “trillions of dollars in international royalties” to countries like China and others that are state sponsors of terrorism.
Ambassador John Bolton said the treaty would “constrain U.S. naval activities, and do nothing to resolve China’s expansive maritime territorial claims.”
Dick Morris warned the treaty would “require the US to give to the UN Seabed Authority half of our royalties from offshore mining and oil drilling.”
The letter sent to Senator Reid says, in part:
By its current terms, the Law of the Sea Convention encompasses economic and technology interests in the deep sea, redistribution of wealth from developed to undeveloped nations, freedom of navigation in the deep sea and exclusive economic zones which may impact maritime security, and environmental regulation over virtually all sources of pollution.
“To effect the treaty’s broad regime of governance, we are particularly concerned that United States sovereignty could be subjugated in many areas to a supranational government that is chartered by the United Nations under the 1982 Convention,” the letter adds.
“Further, we are troubled that compulsory dispute resolution could pertain to public and private activities including law enforcement, maritime security, business operations, and nonmilitary activities performed aboard military vessels.”
Opposition to the treaty is growing in the Senate, but Fox News reported Monday that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), is “steadfastly” working to ensure ratification of the treaty.
“Senator Kerry has been here long enough to know that vote counts and letters are just a snapshot of where our politics are in this instant, and it’s not news to anyone that right now we’re in the middle of a white hot political campaign season where ideology is running in overdrive,” spokeswoman Jodi Seth said in a statement.
“No letter or whip count changes the fact that rock-ribbed Republican businesses and the military and every living Republican secretary of state say that this needs to happen, and that’s why it’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ for the Law of the Sea,” Seth added.
The announcement, Fox News reported, “was a blow to the Obama administration, military leaders and the business community led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who had argued that the treaty would improve national security and enhance U.S. standing in the world.”
Proponents of the treaty, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, argue that it would help U.S. oil and natural gas companies and, Fox added, “business leaders, including the head of the Chamber, testified on behalf of the pact” last month.
But Portman and Ayotte said that despite the “good intentions” of the treaty, the “agreement is striking in both the breadth of activities it regulates and the ambiguity of obligations it creates.”
“The United States would be binding itself to yet-unknown requirements and liabilities. That uncertainty alone is reason for caution,” they added.
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