The Global Citizen: mkaplan
December 5th, 2010 marked an unfortunate anniversary for U.S. national security. It has been one year since the previous arms control treaty between the United States and Russia expired, meaning that the U.S. has not been able to inspect the Russian nuclear arsenal since December 2009. We have no boots on the ground, no verification, no way of knowing what's happening with the nuclear weapons that still remain in Russia's possession.
The Need for Allies to Work Together to Address Global Issues
At an event on transatlantic relations sponsored by the Brookings Institution on Thursday, November 18th, policymakers from Europe and the United States expressed agreement on one key point: the need for nations to work together to solve global problems that no one nation can solve alone. If that idea sounds familiar, it’s because it’s one of the core beliefs of Citizens for Global Solutions.
After Election Day 2010, one frequently repeated analysis was that this election was not about foreign policy. Voters’ minds were focused mostly on domestic issues such as the economy and unemployment, and weren’t giving much thought to America’s relations with the world outside our borders. However, the dramatic shift in power in Washington, DC means that some new members coming to Congress, and some current members taking on new roles, may have a profound impact on the United States’ engagement with the United Nations, International Criminal Court (ICC), and other multilateral organizations which Citizens for Global Solutions strongly supports.
After a photo-finish to the Washington State Senate race, CGS-endorsed Senator Patty Murray has been declared the winner of the contest today, defeating Republican opponent Dino Rossi.
CGS endorsed Senator Murray due to her strong support for international engagement. She is a proponent of increased foreign aid from the U.S. and supports cooperation with international institutions. We congratulate Senator Murray on her victory and look forward to continuing to work with her on global issues in the 112th Congress next year.
Citizens for Global Solutions is deeply saddened by the defeat of Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Senator Feingold, a longtime friend and ally of CGS, lost his bid for re-election to Republican challenger Ron Johnson.
Senator Feingold has been one of the staunchest champions of global issues on Capitol Hill throughout his time in office. He has always been a member of Congress that CGS could count on, whether to introduce legislation or to vote in support of our priorities in the Senate. This year, Senator Feingold took the lead in creating effective U.S. policy on genocide prevention by sponsoring new legislation. We appreciated the opportunity to work with him and his staff on this critically important issue.
Senator Feingold earned a strong "A" average during his Senate career in CGS's Congressional Report Card, with extra credit for introducing legislation on nuclear non-proliferation and international engagement. We will miss his leadership on these issues and many others.
Following his loss, Senator Feingold thanked his supporters and said, "No one has ever had such a strong foundation of support as I have. You gave me my backbone. In the words of Bob Dylan: 'But my heart is not weary. It's light and free. I've got nothing but affection for those who have sailed with me.'"
Citizens for Global Solutions congratulates Chris Coons (D) on his victory in the Delaware Senate race and welcomes him as a new member of the U.S. Senate! In one of the most publicized races of the mid-term election, Coons won the Delaware Senate seat by 18%, defeating tea party candidate and anti-internationalist Christine O'Donnell. Coons received support from moderates and both President Obama and Vice-President Biden who spoke of Coons as "a man of incredible integrity."
Coon's moderate stance on issues such as foreign policy attracted voters in Delaware who were concerned with Christine O'Donnell's lack of experience and extreme viewpoints. In interviews O'Donnell had expressed her concerns with the New Start Treaty and on her campaign website she stated she did not want to "outsource our foreign policy to the U.N."
In contrast, Coons expressed his desire for a pragmatic U.S. foreign policy based on cooperation with various international organizations. In his Citizens for Global Solutions Candidate Questionnaire Coons stated, "I believe that our nation is best served by a robust, engaged foreign policy, based in diplomacy and strategic partnerships with other nations." Read Coon's CQ!.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of CGS's strongest internationalist allies on Capitol Hill, won a hotly contested re-election race and will be returning to Congress next year. Senator Reid defeated his opponent, conservative Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, by 50 to 45 percent.
Senator Reid has been a staunch supporter of the issues that matter to CGS over the years. As Majority Leader, Senator Reid makes decisions about how much Senate floor time will be provided for votes on treaties and important legislation, and he has been greatly supportive of our issues including the New START nuclear weapons treaty which we hope to see the full Senate vote on this year. To learn more about Senator Reid's outstanding "A" record on global issues, check out his 2010 CGS Congressional Report Card record.
Citizens for Global Solutions congratulates our longtime friend and ally, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), on her re-election to the Senate. Despite polls showing that the California Senate race had the potential to be close, Boxer defeated her opponent, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, by a solid 52 to 43 percent margin.
Senator Boxer has long championed issues important to CGS. She has taken the lead on efforts to get the Senate to ratify the CEDAW women's treaty, one of our most important legislative priorities. She is also a staunch ally on issues ranging from support for the ICC to UN funding to climate change, and earned an A+ on our 2010 Congressional Report Card. To read more about Sen. Boxer's outstanding voting record, click here!
Congratulations again to Senator Boxer! She is an outstanding voice for global issues in the Senate, and we are delighted to welcome her back to Congress. We look forward to continuing to work with her to advance global issues in the future.
With less than two weeks left until Election Day, many congressional candidates around the country are locked in extremely tight races. In several states, CGS-endorsed candidates appear to be picking up momentum as the final stretch of the campaign begins, as illustrated by the recent polls showing positive signs for Joe Sestak (D) in the Pennsylvania Senate race and Senator Russ Feingold (D) in the Wisconsin Senate contest.
Two polls released in the last several days gave Sestak a slight lead in Pennsylvania over conservative former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) after trailing for months. Another poll showed Sestak and Toomey tied. Other polls have shown Toomey with a slight lead, but it seems clear that Sestak has closed the polling gap with Toomey over the last few days. To read Sestak's Candidate Questionnaire, visit http://www.globalsolutions.org/politics/elections_and_candidates/questionnaire/2010?id=S0PA00434. To see his 2010 Congressional Report Card score and voting record, visit http://www.globalsolutions.org/politics/congressional_report_card/2010/grades?STATE=PA&UserDistrict=07.
With only two weeks left until Election Day, CGS has been busy weighing in on important races around the country. Global Solutions PAC has endorsed over 200 candidates, both incumbents and challengers, running for Congress this year.
CGS endorses candidates who share our values, are engaged in competitive races, champion our policy goals on the Hill, and who lead important committees in Congress. These candidates share our views on issues such as genocide prevention, nuclear non-proliferation, and engagement and cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), among others.
In the House of Representatives, our endorsees range from committee chairs we have worked with for many years to new candidates whom we believe would be outstanding internationalists once elected. Here are some examples of the candidates CGS is supporting in 2010.
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