The U.S. Senate may begin debates on the ratification of a new strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.
Reid also expressed confidence on Tuesday that the Senate would have the 67 votes needed to ratify the accord.
Discussions of a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia were included into the agenda of the U.S. Senate’s December 13 session. However, the higher chamber of the Congress debated tax documents instead.
U.S. President Barack Obama earlier promised that the Senators would ratify the strategic accord with Russia before Christmas.
Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new arms reduction treaty on April 8 in Prague to replace the START 1 agreement that expired in December 2009.
The new Russian-U.S. pact obligates both nations to cap their fielded strategic nuclear weapons to 1,550 warheads, while the number of deployed and non-deployed delivery vehicles must not exceed 800 on either side.