Sunday, May 27, 2012

Is Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) Signaling that He is Eager to Hand Over U.S. Sovereignty to the U.N.?

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding the UN Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).
More than 160 countries are signatories to LOST, which sets the rules for commercial and environmental management of the world's marine resources and determines exclusive economic zones. The Clinton and Bush administrations supported treaty ratification; however, previous Congressional concern that the treaty threatens US sovereignty and gives the United Nations too much control over oil and other mineral rights prevented ratification. Clashes between China and its neighbors over oil deposits in the South China Sea have recently brought the issue to fore. 

LOST is currently under review by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), who summoned the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to testify before the Committee on 23 May 2012.  The SFRC plans to hold future hearings with additional Administration officials and representatives from major companies to testify about the treaties importance. I am confident the SFRC will extensively examine their testimony with an eye toward the Obama administration's renewed push to ratify the treaty and the Pentagon's strategic pivot towards Asia. 

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