Nuclear weapons are a liability, not an asset. They do not protect us from the threat of terrorism, and with some 23,000 nuclear warheads around the globe, there is an enormous risk of nuclear weapons or materials falling into the wrong hands.
The New START nuclear reductions treaty, which is about to be considered by the Senate, is vital for ensuring U.S. national security. The New START treaty makes Americans safer by causing significant cuts in the number of deployed U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. It also allows the U.S. to inspect the Russian nuclear arsenal and to ensure they are not building up their weapons program. The first START treaty expired in December 2009 and since then the U.S has not been able to inspect the Russian nuclear arsenal.
Treaties require approval by 67 Senators, which means we need bi-partisan support. While the treaty enjoys strong backing from foreign policy experts on both the left and the right and multiple polls show the American public overwhelmingly favors the treaty, Republicans in the Senate have been stonewalling a vote on approval. Finally, after months of delay by Republican Senators such as Jon Kyl (R-AZ), the Senate has agreed to a vote on New START in the next two weeks.
Recently, we asked supporters in targeted states to write their Senators, but now we need your help to contact all members of the Senate about giving their consent to ratify New START before they leave this year.
Now is the time to write your Senator about this important treaty that will benefit our national security interests! Click here to get a draft letter you can use to send to them highlighting the importance of New START.
In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Former Secretaries of State, Henry A. Kissinger, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III, Lawrence S. Eagleburger and Colin L. Powell wrote:
We urge the Senate to ratify the New START treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. It is a modest and appropriate continuation of the START I treaty that expired almost a year ago. It reduces the number of nuclear weapons that each side deploys while enabling the United States to maintain a strong nuclear deterrent and preserving the flexibility to deploy those forces as we see fit. New START is a top national security priority and we cannot let this drop off the agenda this year.
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