updated 12/10/2010 12:31:09 PM ET 2010-12-10T17:31:09

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says President Barack Obama is prepared to delay his holiday trip to ensure Senate ratification of a US-Russia nuclear treaty.

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Gibbs told reporters Friday that he believes Obama, who's set to vacation in Hawaii for the holidays, will stay in Washington until the New START pact is done.

Some key Republican senators continue to express skepticism about whether there's enough time this year for adequate consideration of the deal. But Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins both expressed support Friday.

Said Gibbs: "Congress won't leave before START is done. START will get done. And START will get done with a strong, bipartisan vote."

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