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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

13-UNATT on Sep 25, 2013

Letter: Letter to Pres. Obama from 50 Senators
Source: Letter to Obama from 50 Senators
Dear President Obama:

We write to express our concern and regret at your decision to sign the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. For the following reasons, we cannot give our advice and consent to this treaty:

  1. The treaty violates a 2009 red line laid down by your own administration: "the rule of consensus decision-making." In April 2013, after the treaty failed to achieve consensus, it was adopted by majority vote in the UN General Assembly.
  2. The treaty allows amendments by a 3/4 majority vote. When amended, it will become a source of political and legal pressure on the US to comply in practice with amendments it was unwilling to accept.
  3. The treaty includes only a weak, non-binding reference to the lawful ownership and use of firearms, and recognizes none of these activities, much less individual self-defense, as fundamental individual rights. It encourages governments to collect the identities of individual end users of imported firearms at the national level, which would constitute the core of a national gun registry
  4. The State Department has acknowledged that the treaty is "ambiguous." By becoming party to the treaty, the US would therefore be accepting commitments that are inherently unclear.
  5. The criteria at the heart of the treaty are vague and easily politicized. They will steadily subject the US to the influence of internationally-defined norms, a process that would impinge on our national sovereignty.
  6. The treaty criteria as established could hinder the US in fulfilling its strategic, legal, and moral commitments to provide arms to key allies such as Taiwan and Israel.
We urge you to notify the treaty depository that the US does not intend to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, and is therefore not bound by its obligations. As members of the Senate, we pledge to oppose the ratification of this treaty, and we give notice that we do not regard the US as bound to uphold its object and purpose.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Gun Control
  • Headline: Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty (Score: 1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty (Answer: B)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-UNATT

Mark Begich s1sAK Democratic Jr Senator 
Kay Hagan s1sNC Democratic Jr Senator 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Joe Manchin III s1sWV Democratic Senator 
Mark Pryor s1sAR Democratic Sr Senator 

Republicans participating in 13-UNATT

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 
Kelly Ayotte s1sNH Republican Jr Senator 
John Barrasso s1sWY Republican Jr Senator 
Roy Blunt s1sMissouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Burr s1sNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Saxby Chambliss s1sGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jeff Chiesa s1sNJ Republican Appointee 
Daniel Coats s1sIN Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Tom Coburn s1sOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Thad Cochran s1sMS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s1sME Republican Sr Senator 
Bob Corker s1sTN Republican Jr Senator 
John Cornyn s1sTX Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Crapo s1sID Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Cruz s1sPOTUS Republican 2016 Primary Challenger 
Michael Enzi s1sWY Republican Sr Senator 
Deb Fischer s1sNE Republican Senate Challenger 
Jeff Flake s1sArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Lindsey Graham s1sSC Republican Sr Senator 
Chuck Grassley s1sIA Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s1sUT Republican Sr Senator 
Dean Heller s1sNevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
James Inhofe s1sOK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s1sGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Mike Johanns s1sNE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Ron Johnson s1sWI Republican Sr Senator 
Mike Lee s1sUT Republican Jr Senator 
John McCain s1sAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Mitch McConnell s1sKY Republican Sr Senator 
Jerry Moran s1sKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Lisa Murkowski s1sAK Republican Sr Senator 
Rand Paul s1sKY Republican Jr Senator 
Rob Portman s1sOH Republican Jr Senator 
Jim Risch s1sID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. Senator 
Pat Roberts s1sKS Republican Sr Senator 
Marco Rubio s1sFL Republican Jr Senator (Retiring 2016) 
Tim Scott s1sSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Jeff Sessions s1sAL Republican Sr Senator 
Richard Shelby s1sAL Republican Jr Senator 
John Thune s1sSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pat Toomey s1sPA Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s1sLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidate 
Roger Wicker s1sMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 

Independents participating in 13-UNATT

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 45
Independents: 0

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