DATE=10/1/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON / TEST BAN TREATY (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254575 BYLINE=DEBORAH TATE DATELINE=LAS VEGAS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton is stepping up his call to the Republican-controlled Senate to pass the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The Senate plans to vote on the pact on October 12th, but it does not appear to have the two-thirds majority needed to ratify the accord. Correspondent Deborah Tate reports (from Las Vegas, one of the stops on a cross-country trip by Mr. Clinton Friday). TEXT: Republican Senate leaders, long opponents of the 1996 test ban treaty, decided this week to abandon their delaying tactics and schedule a vote on the pact -- aware that there does not appear to be enough support in the Senate for ratification. Opponents believe the accord would bar the United States from modernizing its arsenal to deal with nuclear threats from other countries that may not sign or ratify the pact and endanger national security. It's an argument Mr. Clinton rejects. The President used a fund-raising speech in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday to make an urgent appeal for ratification -- noting that the idea of a global test ban was first embraced by a Republican President, Dwight Eisenhower. /// CLINTON ACT /// It is profoundly important because we are trying to stop countries that do not have nuclear power now, and terrorist groups who do not have nuclear power now, from getting it. And it will help us, not only to restrain people who have nuclear weapons from using them ever in the future, but from seeing the proliferation of these things. /// END ACT /// The treaty has been signed by 154 nations but ratified by only 47, including just 23 of the 44 nuclear- capable countries that must ratify it before it can take effect. U-S officials argue that other nations are waiting for U-S ratification before they act. The issue took on a sense of urgency for the administration after India and Pakistan conducted nuclear tests last year. The two South Asian rivals have not signed the pact. (Signed) NEB/DAT/WTW 01-Oct-1999 19:21 PM EDT (01-Oct-1999 2321 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .