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« on: July 16, 2012, 03:47:34 pm »

Law of the Sea Treaty now dead, DeMint says

The Law of the Sea Treaty now has 34 senators opposed and thus will not have enough Senate votes for ratification, a key opponent of the treaty announced Monday.

“4 additional senators have joined in opposition to LOST, including Mike Johanns (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). With 34 senators against the misguided treaty, LOST will not be ratified by the Senate this year,” Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, said in a statement on his website.

The Law of the Sea Treaty, which entered into force in 1994 and has been signed and ratified by 162 countries, establishes international laws governing the maritime rights of countries. The treaty has been signed but not ratified by the U.S., which would require two-thirds approval of the Senate.

The four senators Mr. DeMint named would bring those opposed in the Senate to 34 — making it impossible to reach the 67 votes that would be required to ratify the pact, which Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, had wanted to bring to a vote later this year.

Proponents of ratification argue that member-nations are establishing rules of the sea that the U.S. would have to abide to without a vote. They also argue that by ratifying the treaty, the U.S. would protect its claims and rights to mine America’s continental sea shelves and offshore waters for natural resources, without interference from other countries or other entities. Without ratification, U.S. energy companies do not have the security they need to invest in exploring those areas for resources.

Critics such as Mr. DeMint argue that the U.S. is subjecting its sovereignty to an international body and said the pact would require U.S. businesses to pay royalties for resource exploitation, as well as subject the U.S. to unwieldy environmental regulations as defined in the treaty.

Mr. Kerry held three hearings this year on the treaty. The first hearing brought together a rare joint appearance by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, as well as Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who testified in favor of ratifying the treaty. The second hearing brought together six four-star military officers, who also testified in favor of ratifying the treaty. Donald Rumsfeld testified at the third hearing, opposing the treaty.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/16/demint-says-law-sea-treaty-now-dead/
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