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S.Res. 388: A resolution calling for the withdrawal of the United States from the Open Skies Treaty, and for other purposes.

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Should the U.S. leave the Open Skies Treaty?


After the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a central geopolitical question lingered. How could tentatively-aligned nations, most notably the U.S. and Russia, remain assured that their counterparts were abiding by their international military commitments and agreements?

The answer was the Open Skies Treaty. 34 signatory countries — most prominently Russia and the U.S. — allowed any other participant to conduct flights and take photographs that collect data on military personnel and activities.

The U.S. could ...

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Ted Cruz

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Texas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Oct 30, 2019

Introduced on Oct 30, 2019

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on October 30, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.



Oct 30, 2019

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S.Res. 388 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

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