WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Senate ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that has been backed by a number of Jewish groups.
The Senate on Wednesday voted 71-26 to ratify the START treaty.
The vote -- 58 in the Democratic caucus and 13 Republicans -- was four more than the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
The Obama administration and top Jewish Democratic senators had lobbied Jewish groups to express support for the treaty, saying it was critical to persuading Russia to isolate Iran.
Politico's Ben Smith has an interesting item this morning on efforts by two Jewish senators – Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) – to get AIPAC to endorse renewal of the START treaty.
Ratification of the renewed START treaty is one of the hottest issues facing the lame duck session of Congress and a rising priority for the Obama administration as GOP resistance grows.
It's also a priority for some analysts who say renewing the treaty is critical in bolstering the Kremlin's support for U.S.-led efforts to keep Iran from going nuclear.
Now some Jewish groups have weighed in.
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