Congressional Digest

Supreme Court Debates December 2013 No. 9 Vol. 16
Chemical Weapons in America

Chemical Weapons in America

States’ Rights and Federal Treaty Power

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The Chemical Weapons Convention, which was opened for signature on January 13, 1993, bans the development, storage, and use of chemical weapons by participating nations and their people.

When the U.S. Senate ratified the convention on April 24, 1997, then-President Bill Clinton said: “Our troops will be less likely to face poison gas on the battlefield, our hand will be strengthened in the fight against terrorists and rogue states. We will end a century that began with the horror of chemical weapons in World War I much closer to the elimination of those kinds of weapons.”

In order for the United States …

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