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Moderate Democrats will be emboldened to oppose the treaty after the elections, says Inhofe.

The U.N. Law of the Sea Treaty, which passed the Senate Foreign Relations committee with a unanimous vote in 2004 but failed to receive the necessary two-thirds majority in the full Senate, is already in for a bigger fight this year. Longtime treaty critic Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) now sits on the committee, as do staunch conservatives including Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), James Risch (R-Idaho) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), all of whom expressed opposition to the treaty at a recent hearing.

“I think we’re in pretty good shape,? Inhofe told Human Events. “If you look at the committee, the vast majority of Republicans on the committee were opposed to the ratification. I can assure you that there will be seven Republicans that will be voting against it.?

Inhofe said a provision whereby an international authority would collect royalties for oil and gas production and other activities on the continental shelf, then redistribute proceeds to treaty members, would represent the first multi-national tax levied on the U.S. He’s convinced that others will see it his way if the facts are laid out clearly.

“I said to (Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry) that I wanted at least one hearing with witnesses that are against (the treaty),? Inhofe said. “And he said, ‘I’ll do it.’?

Inhofe has requested that former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton and Heritage Foundation fellow Steven Groves sit on the panel; Kerry mentioned the president of the Heritage Foundation, Ed Feulner, as a third member.

While some have said the treaty will gain traction with Republicans during the November lame duck session, Inhofe believes the opposite: that moderate Democrats will be emboldened to oppose the treaty after the elections. “To give up jurisdiction over 70 percent of the earth’s surface to the United Nations is something that we are not going to let happen,? Inhofe said.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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