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George LeMieux: Slow the START

The Florida Republican joined several fellow Republicans to criticize Senate Dems for moving ahead on a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty, President Barack Obama's top foreign policy priority.

LeMieux says the Senate -- which is up against an end-of-the-year deadline -- can't do it all: "To the idea that we're going to take up a solemn responsibility of approving a treaty with Russia on nuclear weapons and at the same time approve an omnibus spending bill that's a $1.1 trillion bill, 2,000 pages long, and do all  of that at the same time over the next seven to 10 days, is impossible, to do both of them and do them any justice," LeMieux said. 

He said he's got "a lot of concerns" about the treaty. "So if we're going to have an honest and earnest debate about this and give it the treatment it deserves, it's going to take a couple of weeks... But there's no way that we can give it the attention it deserves and at the same time do a 2,000-page omnibus spending bill that's laden with pork and is exactly what the American people don't want."

Previous secretaries of state -- from Democratic and Republican administrations have urged verification. And the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top Republican Dick Lugar took to the Senate floor to call for passage, noting the Senate has already held 18 hearings on the treaty.

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