DATE=10/5/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=SENATE / TEST BAN (L) NUMBER=2-254688 BYLINE=DAVID SWAN DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S Senate Republicans are urging President Clinton to withdraw the nuclear test ban treaty from Senate consideration -- where, they say, it faces certain defeat. V-O-A's David Swan reports, the key vote on ratification is scheduled for next week. TEXT: Senator Pete Domenici offers a blunt assessment: the test ban is in serious trouble and can not be ratified. The New Mexico Republican gave reporters a preview of the message he planned to deliver in person to the president (on Tuesday night). /// DOMENICI ACT /// I'm trying to convince the White House, Democrats and others that this is not the right time to bring up this treaty -- that if it's going to lose, we should pull it and wait for another day. /// END ACT /// The Clinton Administration, which lobbied repeatedly for a vote on the test ban, now finds itself in an all-out battle for support. Officials say the treaty is vital to slowing the spread of nuclear arms worldwide, and will not jeopardize U-S security. But that argument is meeting widespread resistance from Republicans. They say the pact would keep the United States from maintaining a safe, reliable nuclear deterrent while allowing other countries to build weapons unchecked. Both sides agree the accord is well short of the two- thirds Senate majority needed for ratification. Republican leader Trent Lott, one of its most vocal critics, is pushing the White House to set the treaty aside. /// LOTT ACT /// If the vote occurs, I hope and I believe the treaty will be defeated. But if they would indicate some willingness to let the next administration and the next Congress consider this and vote on it, we'd entertain that. /// END ACT /// In response, Democratic leader Tom Daschle says he and his colleagues will keep fighting for ratification -- but he also leaves open the prospect of withdrawing the treaty. /// DASCHLE ACT /// We can not afford to send the wrong message to countries all over the world. We can not afford to send a green light to India and Pakistan that testing is okay. This treaty must be passed or we ought to find some other way to deal with this. /// END ACT /// As of now, the decisive vote is expected to come next week, on Tuesday or Wednesday. The president and his aides are spending this week in Senate hearings and meetings, trying to drum up votes. (Signed) NEB/DS/TVM/WTW 05-Oct-1999 16:05 PM EDT (05-Oct-1999 2005 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .