The Pentagon's 2013 Nuclear Policy Guidance states that our nuclear forces could be reduced by 1/3 without endangering national security. And now, the Pentagon says it has insufficient funds to counter terrorism, cyber terrorism, and nuclear weapons proliferation. Therefore, it is irresponsible for our nation to embark on a $1trillion 30-year program to “upgrade” our nuclear arsenal with a new generation of nuclear bombers, missiles, and subs—and large new federal facilities to build them.
The SANE Act, "Smarter Approaches to Nuclear Expenditures," S.831 in the Senate, and HR 1534 in the House, is a significant step in the right direction. It aligns spending closer to what the Pentagon deems necessary for national security and would save $100 billion over the next 10 years. This still leaves the U.S. spending more on nuclear weapons than all other countries in the world combined!
Ask your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor and work for passage of this very sensible bill. There's no point spending $100 billion on nuclear weapons we don’t need and that will likely cause other nations to increase their nuclear spending.
To learn more about these bills and if your Sen. or Rep. is a co-sponsor: 1) go to govtrack.us, 2) enter S.831 or HR1534 in the search box at the top right, 3) scroll down to ‘Details’ and click ‘Show’ under ‘Co-sponsors’.
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