Senate Returns to Sea Treaty After Five Years

Publication: The Wall Street Journal

Author: Keith Johnson and Julian E. Barnes


05/23/2012 - The Senate on Wednesday will hold its first hearing since 2007 on ratification of the controversial and long-stalled Law of the Sea Treaty.

Three top officials—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey—will argue before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that ratification of the treaty will bolster U.S. national security, the ease of naval operations, and economic prospects.

Opponents of the treaty, who have prevented it from coming up for a vote before the full Senate, argue that the pact would erode U.S. sovereignty and shackle U.S. operations on the world's oceans. Last week, the House passed an amendment to a defense spending bill that would block U.S. funding for implementation, creating a possible showdown later with the Senate.

Interest in the Law of the Sea treaty has soared in recent months, helping pave the way for the renewed ratification drive.

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