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Dear Senator,

We believe it is self evident that national security is an important, non-partisan issue and therefore we respectfully request your support for NEW START, now. Prompt ratification during the current 111th Congress is needed to send a strong signal that America is serious about global, nuclear security.

After months of expert testimony, and endorsements ranging from Henry Kissinger to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the time to act is now.

In brief, NEW START supports modest reductions to surplus nuclear weapons, it leaves room for missile defense, it enhances cooperation and transparency with Russia and it provides verification protocols so we know if nuclear weapons are unaccounted for. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, in a world where countries such as North Korea and Iran are actively pursuing nuclear armament, American support for global non-proliferation is critical to fostering global security.

So why wait?

Government does not stop Nov. 4th of an election year. Part of the Congressional cycle is to govern before an incoming Congress. There will be many important issues to work on during the next session, and re-educating the incoming Senate on this issue will not only cost taxpayer dollars through many more months of redundant testimony, but may also compromise our relations with Russia and threaten our national security.

Your support for NEW START is absolutely critical. Arms reduction and verification must not be relegated to the back burner of the next Congress, it is too important.

NEW START needs your support today.



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