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Cotton Statement on U.N. Security Council Resolution on Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty

September 23, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement today after the United Nations Security Council voted to approve a resolution related to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT):

"Let there be no doubt: had my colleagues and I not vowed to defund the agency tasked with compromising our ability to maintain our nuclear weapons arsenal, President Obama would have used the U.N. Security Council to circumvent the constitutional treaty process and greatly harm our ability to deter nuclear-armed adversaries. Because we acted quickly and definitively, the president was only able to win a toothless resolution. But this is not the end of this debate. President Obama has repeatedly tried to circumvent Congress when it comes to major international arms treaties. He and his allies will continue that misguided pursuit. But Americans understand that decisions regarding our ability to deter nuclear war, protect Americans, and stand up for our allies should be left to the U.S. Congress, not the United Nations."