Nation: Byrd Says O.K.

SALT II gets needed boost

It is official. Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, who has spent months in public doubting and questioning, is now backing the SALT II treaty. To reporters crowded into a Senate conference room last week, the powerful West Virginia Democrat declared that the strategic arms pact with Moscow "is in our national interest" and could "help diminish the potential for nuclear destruction." Though widely anticipated, this clear-cut endorsement gave SALT II a badly needed boost. Without Byrd's active support, the treaty would have little chance of winning the two-thirds vote required for Senate approval. To be sure, passage...

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