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HOUSE CONSIDERS VARIOUS NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES This past week has brought a lot of focus to key national security issues in Congress. The House considered the annual Defense Authorization bill, a vehicle for votes on many defense, foreign policy and other national security issues. The House Armed Services Committee had already voted to add $37 billion to President Joe Biden’s proposed national defense budget of $813 billion. House Members proposed a phenomenal 1,220 amendments for votes, but the House Rules Committee pared that number down drastically and moved many to voice votes of several amendments. Our analysis is ongoing, and we’ll share with you as soon as it’s complete.
DATE CHANGE: A CONVERSATION WITH REP. ANDY LEVIN Join Executive Director John Tierney as he sits down one-on-one with Michigan Congressman — and 2022 Council endorsee — Andy Levin for a discussion of Rep. Levin’s passion for cutting wasteful and excessive Pentagon spending, as well as the tight primary he’s facing against a fellow incumbent due to redistricting. The event will take place this Tuesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. ET via Zoom. There will be a chance to ask Rep. Levin your questions — when registering for the event, be sure to note your question. We look forward to seeing you there!
IRAN NUCLEAR NEGOTATIONS ARE GOING NOWHERE FAST
Following a U.S.- and European-led censure of Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors meeting in June for failing to comply with the IAEA’s investigation into undeclared fissile material from its pre-2004 nuclear weapons program, Iran responded by further limiting the IAEA oversight abilities at its nuclear facilities and installed more advanced centrifuges. To help explain the new technical and legal restraints on the IAEA’s activities at Iran’s nuclear facilities, Research Analyst Samuel Hickey and former lawyer for the IAEA Laura Rockwood briefed Hill staffers on what these activities portend for the longevity of the nuclear accord in its life-support state.
In an effort to break the diplomatic impasse, the United States and Iran met via a European intermediary in Qatar for two days, but there was no discernable progress as Iran put more maximalist positions on the table, frustrating the United States’ delegation. While President Biden continues to believe “that diplomacy is the best way” to manage Iran’s advancing nuclear program, he has also emphasized that talks will not go on forever.
For Iran, keeping the prospects of a nuclear deal alive while advancing its nuclear program may be part of the strategy, but as time goes on, it is less and less incentivized to get a deal because sanctions relief can only be promised until January 2025 with the possibility of extension depending on the outcome of the 2024 presidential election. If Democrats lose control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, then Iran may be even less inclined to secure a deal.
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Manhattan Project nuclear physicist Leo Szilard met with a group of fellow scientists June 2, 1962, to form the Council for a Livable World after months of touting this idea on a speaking tour of college campuses nationwide.
Watch Szilard and fellow Manhattan Project scientists recreate the moments leading up to the dawn of the nuclear age in this 1946 Oscar-nominated short film, “Atomic Power.”
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SENATE PROSPECTS IMPROVE
Prospects for minimizing extremist presence in the Senate have increased in recent weeks. A recent New York Times piece suggested “a brighter picture is coming together for Democrats on the Senate side.” The Times quoted a Republican strategist criticizing GOP nominees for Senate as an “island of misfit toys,” candidates Democrats will attempt to portray as out of the mainstream on policy, personally compromised and too cozy with Donald Trump. Read more about Senate prospects and news from the campaigns we’re following in the Council’s Political News and Notes.