The Senate is unlikely to give its consent to the START agreement with Russia that cuts back on nuclear weapons and renews the verification regime. Why? Because this issue, which has been around for quite some time, is apparently too complicated for the Republicans in the Senate to review in during this session. This is just an easy way to say no, rather than taking seriously an issue that actually has a great deal of bipartisan support. If we are concerned about the development of the Russian nuclear program, then a verification system that is part of this agreement is better than no verification--which is what is going to happen, as far as I understand it, without a new treaty.
More proof that the GOP is not interested in governing but denying the Obama Administration any policy gains. And the treaty was one largely negotiated under the Bush Administration.
Surprising? No. Disappointing? Sure. Appalling? Of course.