By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
November 1, 2007
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee easily approved the Law of the Sea convention yesterday, brushing back conservatives’ objections and setting up a bruising ratification fight on the Senate floor, where Republicans say they can defeat it.
Ratification of treaties takes a two-thirds vote. Republican leaders are trying to secure 34 signatures on a letter to show they have the support to block it and hope this will persuade President Bush and Senate Democrats to put off a vote until at least next year.
“Our leadership is united. This is something we shouldn’t go forward with right now,” said Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican. “I think we’ve got a good shot of getting 34 on it.”
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