|October 29, 2007|
|UPDATE: Wednesday, October 31, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send L.O.S.T. to the Senate floor for consideration by a vote of 17 to 4. Senators Coleman, Isakson, Vitter, and DeMint voted no; the remaining Senators voted yes.|
FOREIGN RELATIONS TO VOTE ON LOST!
Tell Your Senator to vote NO on the Law of the Sea Treaty!!
This Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The committee is made up of 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans. If passed, the next step would be ratification vote on the floor of the Senate, which requires a two-thirds majority of Senators present (67 votes if all Senators are present).
Senators need to hear from you immediately! The tide is beginning to turn our way, but more calls are needed. Just this past week, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his opposition to LOST: “I will oppose ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention due to my refusal to subjugate the rights and interests of the United States to the jurisdiction of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea or a group of international arbitrators. Accordingly, I do not believe U.S. interests are best served through ratification of UNCLOS.” Similarly, we’ve heard several Republican presidential candidates express their concerns or outright opposition to the LOST.
Eagle Forum has pointed out how a treaty like LOST will serve as a conduit for foreign law. In the case of Jose Medellin, a convicted rapist-murderer Mexican national living illegally in the U.S., Mexico sued the U.S. in the International Court of Justice on behalf of Medellin claiming his rights under the Vienna Convention were violated. Now the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to abide by the International ruling, rather than the Texas Supreme Court decision.
LOST would be a form of world government with power to decide all matters relating to the two-thirds of the earth's surface covered by the oceans. All disputes arising from man's use of the sea would be heard and decided by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, a 21-member international court that sits in Hamburg, Germany. There is no appeal from that court, which has the power to disregard or override U.S. laws and even the U.S. Constitution.
President Ronald Reagan opposed the treaty because it would erode U.S. sovereignty. Read more about that here: Another U.N. Power Grab by William P. Clark and Edwin Meese.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee could vote on LOST at any time! Tell your Senators to reject this give-away of our sovereignty and to vote NO on ratification!
Members of the Foreign Relations Committee: Biden, Boxer, Cardin, Casey, Coleman*, Corker*, DeMint, Dodd, Feingold, Hagel, Isakson*, Kerry, Lugar, Menendez, Murkowski, Nelson (FL), Obama, Sununu* , Vitter, Voinovich, Webb
* Designates top tier target Senators. Please call these Senators first!
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