Foreign Relations: The Senate Consents


The outcome was never in serious doubt—only the size of the majority. Last week, after nearly three weeks of hearings and eleven days of formal debate, the U.S. Senate gave its consent to the nuclear test ban treaty with Russia by an 80 to 19 margin. President Kennedy hailed the vote as "a welcome culmination of this effort to lead the world once again to the path of peace."

A Real Stinker. In its final hours, the debate produced sparks. The day before the ratification vote, dissenting Senators sought to tie a spate of qualifications to the pact—any one of...

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