DeMint Ditches Plan To Force Reading Of START Treaty

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is calling off his plans to read every word of the START Treaty on the Senate floor, MSNBC and others report.

DeMint was planning to force a reading of the START Treaty, the nuclear arms reduction deal President Barack Obama negotiated with Russia earlier this year, and Sen. Daniel Inouye’s (D-HI) omnibus bill. Reading both bills — which are thousands of pages in length — could have taken days.White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today strongly condemned DeMint’s plans to force a reading of the bills, calling it “a new low in putting political stunts ahead of our national security.”