We spend about $20 billion each year maintaining our strategic nuclear arsenal which consists of 15,113 nuclear warheads as well as the missiles and submarines needed to deliver them. The goal of nuclear disarmament is to reduce or eliminate nuclear weapons. Disarmament opponents claim nuclear deterrence and the threat of nuclear force are needed to maintain peaceful relations between unfriendly nations. They point to the success our dÃ©tente policy had in preventing our â€œcoldâ€ war with the former Soviet Union from turning â€œhot.â€ Disarmament supporters claim the fall of the Soviet Union has made nuclear weapons unnecessary, if not obsolete. They claim eliminating all nuclear weapons will not alter the balance of power but will remove a catastrophic threat to humanity. They say the use of nuclear weapons are immoral, threatens all life on Earth and go beyond the political reasons for war. They also claim we loose credibility when telling other nations such as Iran and North Korea not to build nukes while maintaining a huge arsenal ourselves. Most agree that nuclear disarmament decreases the chance of an accidental missile exchange.
H.R.1650 – Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2013
H.R.1506 – Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act
I oppose reforming current nuclear disarmament policy and wish to defeat H.R.1650 and H.R.1506
I support requiring the government to provide leadership to negotiate and enter into a multilateral treaty or other international agreement that provides for the dismantlement and elimination, under strict international control, of all nuclear weapons in every country by 2020. Once the President certifies that all countries have eliminated such weapons or begun such elimination under established legal requirements; to redirect resources that are being used for nuclear weapons programs to addressing human and infrastructure needs and to converting nuclear weapons industry employees, processes, plants and programs to constructive, ecologically beneficial peacetime activities; to undertake efforts to eliminate war, armed conflict, and all military operations; to promote policies to induce all other countries to join in such commitments, and wish to pass H.R.1650
I support prohibiting using funds: to arm B-2 or B-52 aircraft with nuclear weapons; for the research, development or procurement of a new long-range penetrating bomber aircraft or ICBM; to make the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Requiring that: there shall include no more than eight operational ballistic-missile submarines available for deployment; no more than 200 intercontinental ballistic missiles, no more than 250 submarine-launched ballistic missiles; or for the medium extended air defense system, and wish to pass H.R.1506