START Treaty Passing in this Congress? The Republican Amendment failed 60-32 earlier today. A treaty requires 2/3 vote from the Senate. I assume that means 67 votes and not 66. If this is the case, then it seems for the treaty to pass, it needs 7 of the other 8 votes as YES votes, if everyone else votes as they did today. Does anyone know who the 8 were that didn't vote or any useful information on the likelihood of it getting done in this Congress? In my opinion, the Republicans simply want to play politics with it. As opposed to truly being concerned about the parts of the treaty they say they need amended, I instead believe they want this accomplishment to go to the next Congress and not appear to be being bullied. This, as opposed to actually being opposed to the legislation or thinking it a good idea to force Russia to go back the table with Obama to make marginal changes, instead of ratifying it. It's total garbage politics and I hope it doesn't play out that way. In the end, the Republicans in Congress are going to have to play nice with Obama if they want to get reelected. Trying to play games where they look good and he looks bad is political jeopardy. They'll be trying to thread a needle they're incapable of threading imo. Any thoughts?