Congress May Oppose US-Russia Nuclear Agreement

Members of Congress may decide to vote against an agreement hammered out between former President Putin of Russia and George Bush regarding both nations agreeing to cooperate in the area of nuclear development. Congressional leaders are upset at the refusal of Russia to assume a more proactive stance towards Iran and believe a message must be sent to Russia. President Bush will undoubtedly reject any effort by Congress to halt the proposed program since he regards it as an important step in developing positive relations with Russia.

Given the Bush effort to construct missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic which Russia regards as a hostile action, any positive reaching out to Russia is important. Congress has a right to feel upset at Russian refusal to be tougher on Iran, but preventing a positive program in nuclear development makes little sense.