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This is yesterday’s hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, regarding approval or rejection of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty (UNCLOS/LOST). Thank you, Heather.
Caption at C-SPAN:
Secretaries Clinton and Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey testified on the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty, an international convention that sets rules for under- and over-sea travel and commerce. The U.S. is the only major country that has not ratified the treaty. The witnesses argued in favor in favor of the U.S. signing the agreement for reasons that included national security, job creation, oil exploration, and countering China’s influence in Asia. Senators who argued against the treaty cited loss of sovereignty, imposition of an international tax, and the allowance of foreign nations to regulate U.S. energy emissions as the basis for their disapproval. Secretary Clinton in her opening statement said that opposition to the treaty is based on “ideology and mythology.”
From The Hill, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 5/23), thank you Tricia:
Sen. Kerry: Some lawmakers ‘more comfortable’ with Sea Treaty vote after election
By Julian Pecquet – 05/23/12 03:33 PM ET
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Wednesday he likely won’t bring up the Law of the Sea Treaty for a vote before the November election.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said some lawmakers “on and off the committee” have candidly told him they’d “be more comfortable” if they could avoid having to cast the controversial vote during the campaign season.He made the announcement during a high-level hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.Read more about Kerry’s decision on The Hill’s Global Affairs blog.
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