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SAM NUNN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/10/1979 - HFSID 216318

SAM NUNN He signs a typed letter discussing pending debate on the SALT II Treaty (1979). Typed Letter signed: Sam" as US Senator, 1 page, 8x10½. On Senate letterhead To Broox Sledge. Macon, Michigan.

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SAM NUNN
He signs a typed letter discussing pending debate on the SALT II Treaty (1979).
Typed Letter signed: Sam" as US Senator, 1 page, 8x10½. On Senate letterhead To Broox Sledge. Macon, Michigan. In full: "Thank you for your thoughtful support regarding my statement on the SALT II Treaty. The SALT II Treaty is currently under review by the Senate in the committee process which is expected to continue into the fall. I am reserving final judgment o my vote until this process has been completed. The Senate Armed Services Committee has been receiving testimony from the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other experts both in the administration and from the outside. I believe that the SALT II Treaty must be debated in the overall context of the changing military balance and trends between the United States and the Soviet Union, our own military strategy, and the specific programs needed to insure that overall U.S. military preparedness does not fall behind the steadily growing Soviet military capabilities. I have enclosed my recent statement which elaborates on my position, as well as two earlier speeches which provide comprehensive information on my overall views. [Items not included.] It was good to hear from you, and I hope you will contact me again on issues of concern to you. Sincerely". A Democrat who represented Georgia in the U.S. Senate (1972-1997), Nunn is writing here on the subject of his special interest and expertise, national defense policy. Already a member of the powerful Armed Services Committee, Nunn would later serve as its Chairman for eight years (1987-1995). He also co-chaired the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group urging responsible budgetary policies on the U.S. government. Upon retirement from the Senate, the maverick Nunn observed: "I wasn't a very good Democrat, and I wouldn't have made a very good Republican either." SALT stood for Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty. A SALT I agreement between the US and Soviet Union had been signed in Moscow during President Nixon's visit of May 1972. A follow-up agreement (SALT II), negotiated by President Carter, failed to secure Senate approval in 1979. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan that winter put arms control discussions on hold for several years. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased at corners and across top margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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