BY: ANTHONY MARTIN
In a breaking development in the progression of the controversial Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) in the U.S. Senate, this reporter was contacted today by John Ashbrook, staff director of the Senate Republican Communications Center of the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to state that the Senator will vote no on the treaty.
An article earlier in the day had listed McConnell along with 19 other Republicans who had not committed to oppose the treaty.
McConnell is now on the record to vote no to the treaty, which has been the focus of controversy due what conservatives say are its encroachments on U.S. sovereignty. A full explanation of the Law of the Sea Treaty, which is different from the “small arms treaty,” can be found here.
In another development, this reporter has also become aware that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., will also vote against the treaty, although he had been widely reported previously as one who had not made a decision on the issue.
Twenty-eight Republicans have signed a letter circulating the Senate indicating that they will oppose the treaty. With the verbal commitment by McConnell and Toomey, that number rises to 30. But 18 Republican senators have either declared support for LOST or declined to indicate their views on the subject one way or the other.
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