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Republicans have the votes to sink Law of the Sea Treaty

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...
Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator
from Nevada and Majority Leader
of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Carlo Munoz - 07/16/12 03:19 PM ET

Senate Republicans say they have locked in enough votes to block the controversial Law of the Sea Treaty championed by the White House.

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) joined the list of treaty opponents on Monday, creating the one-third majority that would be needed to prevent ratification of the global maritime pact.

"We are simply not persuaded that decisions … empowered by this treaty will be more favorable to U.S. interests than bilateral negotiations, voluntary arbitration and other traditional means of resolving maritime issues," Portman and Ayotte wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)..... http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/238151-senate-republicans-sink-law-of-the-sea-treaty