Lisa Murkowski Pushing LOST

Monday, August 20th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

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Earlier this year, we successfully preempted consideration of the anti-sovereignty LOST treaty by securing 34 Republican commitments to block the treaty.  Any treaty requires 67 votes to pass the Senate, so presumably LOST should be 6 feet under ground at this point.

Unfortunately, there is one RINO who is trying to revive the treaty.  The Hill reports:

Murkowski told The Associated Press the sea treaty will have better prospects in the Senate when the fall campaign is over. The global maritime pact would establish de facto rules for the nation’s oceans, and business interests say it will create opportunities for offshore drilling.

“This is a treaty that I believe very strongly will contribute not only to our national security, but will allow us a level of certainly in accessing our resources in the north,” Murkowski said.

Among other things, LOST established a UN oversight board to divvy up all of the resources mined from the deep seabed and the extended continental shelf for the “common heritage of mankind.”  The International Seabed Authority gets to decide how our revenues from seabed mining are redistributed to “developing” nations.  Moreover, any complaint against the US brought by other member nations, which there undoubtedly would be many, must be decided by the UN authority.

To that end, it is appalling that Murkowski, the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, would support the treaty.  This is yet one more reason why we must demand that Murkowski not be awarded the chairmanship of that committee if Republicans win back the Senate.

Also, while we currently have 34 commitments against the treaty, we must ensure that none of them begin wavering during the lame duck session.  Below the fold is the updated list of senators who have taken sides on the treaty.

The 34 who are opposed to LOST:

Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Senator David Vitter (R-LA)

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)

Senator Jim Demint (R-SC)

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Senator John Boozman (R-AR)

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)

Senator Dan Coats (R-IN)

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND)

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS)

Senator Mark Rubio (R-FL)

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

Senator Johnny Isackson (R-GA)

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

The 4 who hopelessly support LOST:

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)

Olympia Snowe (R-ME),

Susan Collins (R-ME)

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

The 9 who are equivocating and need to hear from you:

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) 202-224-4543

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) 202-224-3344

Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) 202-224-3841

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) 202-224-5922

Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-3854

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) 202-224-2235

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) 202-224-2854