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Sen. Moran on Omnibus: No Funds Can be Spent to Implement U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

"The sad fact is, we have little faith that this administration will not try to implement an Arms Trade Treaty in the absence of ratification..."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, spoke today about how the Omnibus appropriations bill will prevent the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by prohibiting any funding of the treaty unless it is ratified by the U.S. Senate. Sen. Moran leads the bipartisan opposition of at least 50 U.S. Senators to the U.N. ATT in the Senate. On numerous occasions, the group has reiterating to President Obama that the Senate overwhelmingly opposes ratification and will not be bound by its obligations. Sen. Moran’s remarks were made at the weekly Senate Republican Leadership Press Conference.

The Omnibus appropriations bill includes specific language in Section 7075 stating, “None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be obligated or expended to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate approves a resolution of ratification for the Treaty.”

 Highlights from Sen. Moran’s remarks can be found below, along with links to video and audio downloads.

(0:31) “One might expect the president to pay little or no attention to Republican senators, but a significant number of Republican and Democrat – more than 50 – senators, on numerous occasions, by letter and by vote, have told the president not to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty and not to expect the Senate to ratify.”

(0:50) “The sad fact is, we have little faith that this administration will not try to implement an Arms Trade Treaty in the absence of ratification, and so this legislation takes this issue one step further, indicating that no funds – none – can be spent to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until it's ratified by the United States Senate.”

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