The office of Sen. Jim DeMint R-S.C. announced Monday that 34 senators now oppose the treaty, ensuring that getting a two-thirds majority vote–67 ayes in the full Senate–will be impossible.
While a few moderate Republicans and members of the U.S. military have joined Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration in supporting the treaty, several conservative organizations have spearheaded an effective information campaign in opposition. Opponents argue the treaty could subject the U.S. to international environmental regulations, effectively tax seabed production through collection of trillions of dollars in royalties, and make the nation vulnerable to international litigation.
A strong push to kill Law of the Sea came from political action committee Heritage Action, which informed voters about the issue through emails and alerts.
“For months, constituents have called and emailed their Senators, requested meetings, submitted letters to the editor, and organized in an effort to sink this dangerous treaty,” the organization’s CEO, Michael Needham, said in a statement. “We commend the 34 Senators who stood with their constituents on the side of freedom.”
Three of the senators voting no, Marco Rubio Fla. Rob Portman Ohio and Kelly Ayotte N.H., have been named in the media as speculative picks for the Republican vice presidential nomination; two of them, Portman and Ayotte, are among the most recent to oppose the treaty according to DeMint’s announcement.