Nukewatch Quarterly Summer 2019
Tri-Valley CAREs in California reports that Congressional representatives can step up to seven proposed bills that would reduce, restrict and even abolish US nuclear weapons systems. The legislative “sparks must be fanned by grassroots action in order to grow into full-fledged policy change” and progress toward nuclear disarmament.” Using the capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121, let your lawmakers know you want them to sign on. To see the full text of the bills, go to Congress.gov and type in the bill number. The bills in need of co-sponsors and vocal support include:
- H.R. 1086, the Hold the LYNE (low-yield nuclear explosive) Act of 2019, would prohibit production and positioning of a “more usable,” submarine-launched nuclear warhead (the W76-2). Senate tandem bill is S. 401.
- H.R. 669, Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019, would forbid the president from using a nuclear weapons attack without a Congressional declaration of war. Senate tandem bill is S. 200.
- H.R. 921, to “Establish the Policy of No First Use of Nuclear Weapons,” states simply: “It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first.” Senate tandem bill is S. 272.
- H.Res. 302, is a resolution (weaker than a H.R. law) “embracing the goals and provision of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” renounces first-use of nuclear weapons, ends the one-person/presidential power to use nuclear weapon attacks, removes US nuclear weapons from alert status, and cancels plans for replacement of the nuclear weapons complex. No tandem resolution in Senate. —For more info on the bills visit <trivalleycares.org>