DATE=10/8/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=TEST BAN DEBATE (L) NUMBER=2-254817 BYLINE=DAVID SWAN DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Debate on the nuclear test ban treaty is underway in the U-S Senate, but the arguing may not end in a ratification vote as planned. President Clinton's Democratic Party colleagues hope to shelve the accord rather than see it defeated on the floor of the Republican Party-controlled Senate. V-O-A's David Swan has details. TEXT: Democrats concede they have little, if any, chance of building the bipartisan two-thirds majority needed for ratification in the Senate. Nearly all Republicans oppose the treaty, which they say will not stop the nuclear arms race but put U-S security at risk. Republican Senator John Kyl sums up the case against the test ban. // Kyl act // It will jeopardize rather than enhance our national security. It will undermine our vital nuclear deterrent by jeopardizing the reliability of our nuclear stockpile. It will prevent us from making our weapons as safe as they can be and it will not stop nuclear proliferation and is not verifiable. // end act // Faced with defeat, Democrats will try to call off next Tuesday's planned vote. The lawmakers say they will use a parliamentary tactic that, if successful, would set the treaty aside. The White House had previously hoped for an outright victory on ratification. Administration officials say U-S approval would spur other countries to follow suit, which would hopefully slow the spread of nuclear weapons. Senate Minority (Democratic) Leader Tom Daschle points to an appeal issued by Britain, Germany and France in support of the treaty. // Daschle act // But they are lobbying today, saying what the Senate is doing is nuts, is wrong. It is pigheaded for us to be taking an action like this with so little deliberation, with so little concern for the ramifications worldwide. I think it's nuts. // End act // A similar call for ratification came from Vienna, the scene of an international conference on the test ban. But in Washington, both political parties say the treaty has nowhere near enough backing to pass. It is not yet clear if the Senate will agree to put off the vote. (Signed) Neb/ds/rrm 08-Oct-1999 13:25 PM EDT (08-Oct-1999 1725 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .