Tell Congress: Pass H.R. 669 and S. 200
On February 24, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Ca.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Ma.) introduced H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.
The legislation is intended to prohibit a first-use nuclear strike without a declaration of war by Congress. The United States is a democracy, yet our nuclear weapons policy is an absolute monarchy. As it stands, the President can simply launch a nuclear weapon on a whim. No one can stop him. Not even Congress or the Supreme Court.
That’s why Council for a Livable World strongly supports the bills and their intended purpose to reduce the risk of intentional or accidental unilateral action. No one person, regardless of who it is, should have the sole authority to end civilization as we know it.
As the text of H.R. 669 states, this legislation is necessary because:
- Nuclear weapons are uniquely powerful weapons that have the capability to instantly kill millions of people, create long-term health and environmental consequences throughout the world, directly undermine global peace, and put the United States at existential risk from retaliatory nuclear strikes.
During the campaign, President Trump expressed a lack of understanding regarding the U.S. nuclear arsenal, but suggested using nuclear weapons against terrorists. He flippantly proposed several non-nuclear countries seek their own nuclear weapons, and after his election called for a renewed nuclear “arms race.”
Please add your voice to the chorus of concerned citizens who want to prevent nuclear conflict. Sign our petition to tell Congress you support H.R. 669 and S. 200.
As we’ve seen over the last 11 days, there is power in organized grassroots resistance against policies we object to, and in large enough numbers, our collective voices can make a real difference.
Thank you for your action.