We cannot keep the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) submerged, no matter how hard we try! Like a bad penny, it just keeps turning up.
LOST is another United Nations treaty that was negotiated in the 1970s. It was rejected by President Reagan and should clearly remain buried deep in our sea bed.
By ratifying LOST, the U.S. would give up its sovereignty in exchange for begging unelected international officials for permission to use its own resources. The treaty establishes a governing authority called the International Seabed Authority (the "Authority") which has the power to tax countries for using their own property.
LOST threatens our national sovereignty by subjecting our military and U.S. businesses to mandatory international dispute resolution by others who may be motivated by anti-American agendas. The decisions made by the "Authority" would be final and devoid of any appeals process.
Further, this treaty requires U.S. companies to transfer strategic technologies to Third World countries, some of them declared or potential enemies of the U.S. Frankly, our technological superiority in business and military innovation would be utterly compromised. This provision would strip businesses of their natural and constitutionally protected right to private property. It could also require us to voluntarily hand over military secrets to countries which seek to harm us.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 23, on LOST. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) warned us of the Left's unfair maneuver, in which only proponents of the treaty are slated to testify.
Fortunately, Sen. DeMint is leading the charge to sink this treaty. He has circulated a letter to oppose LOST and already has 26 signers on the letter. We need at least eight more senators to join his efforts.
Take Action Now:
1. Please contact the following senators and ask them to sign the letter that Sen. DeMint is circulating:
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) 202-224-3324
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) 202-224-4543
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi) 202-224-5054
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) 202-224-4254
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada) 202-224-6244
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) 202-224-3744
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska) 202-224-4224
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) 202-224-3424
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) 202-224-3643
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) 202-224-5972
2. Please call the following senators and thank them for signing onto Sen. DeMint's letter to oppose LOST:
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) 202-224-6441
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) 202-224-5721
Sen. John Boozman (R-Arkansas) 202-224-4843
Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) 202-224-3154
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) 202-224-3521
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) 202-224-5623
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) 202-224-5754
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) 202-224-2934
Sen. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) 202-224-6142
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) 202-224-6121
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) 202-224-5251
Sen. John Hoeven (R-Nebraska) 202-224-2551
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) 202-224-4721
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) 202-224-5323
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) 202-224-4521
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) 202-224-5444
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) 202-224-6521
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) 202-224-4343
Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) 202-224-2752
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) 202-224-4774
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) 202-224-3041
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) 202-224-4124
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) 202-224-5744
Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) 202-224-2321
Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) 202-224-4623
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) 202-224-6253
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