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New START vote scheduled for mid-September
August 3, 2010
After over 2 months and 20 Senate hearings, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled the vote on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) for mid-September.
On July 14th, seven former Commanders of the United States Strategic Command sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and the Senate Armed Services Committee strongly endorsing its ratification. These retired military leaders were primarily responsible for America’s strategic nuclear forces so their endorsement of this treaty is a powerful validation.
They indicated that the new START Treaty would enhance American national security in myriad ways. First, the continuance of a formal strategic arms reduction process will contribute to a more productive and safer relationship with Russia. Second, the New START Treaty contains verification and transparency measures that will give us important insights into Russian strategic nuclear forces and how they operate those forces. Third, although the New START Treaty will require U.S. reductions, the mutual reductions do nothing to give one country a tactical advantage over the other.
A vote on the treaty is now expected in mid-September in the SFRC. Once it passes out of committee, it will be up to us to make sure that our Senators know that we want a floor vote as soon as possible. We can not have this important treaty delayed further by political calculation or lack of political will.
While all of the Democrats are expected to ratify the treaty, there are some Republicans who are leaning towards a “yes” vote but are pushing for concessions from the administration before casting their votes. The question now is what is the price that some Republicans will demand for their vote on this treaty. President Obama’s budget already represents an unprecedented increase in investment in our nuclear arsenal. Any further reductions would be counter to the pursuit of nuclear disarmament. We need your help. Learn more about the scope of the threat of nuclear weapons by finding a screening of “Countdown to Zero” (by the makers of An Inconvenient Truth) near you. Bring friends and family. Then sign a petition demanding Senate ratification of New START now!
Information on screenings and the petition can be found here.
Zero Is the Only Option
In March 2010, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and PSR docs Vic Sidel and Ira Helfand published a major new briefing paper on the global climate and health effects of nuclear war. Zero is the only option was produced for the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Read more »
Steps to Safety (for General Audiences)
PowerPoint presentation on how nuclear weapons put the United States at risk today--and how we can reduce and eventually eliminate the danger posed by the thousands of nuclear weapons still stockpiled in nuclear arsenals, the tons of nuclear bomb making material vulnerable to theft by extremists, and the specter of more nations potentially seeking nuclear weapons. Read more »
PSR Reports Fall 2010
Inside this issue: the Environmental Health Policy Institute; New START victory; coal ash health threats; and 2009 Financial Statement. Read more »
In the Spotlight
December 3, 2013
Climate Change: Impacts on Public Health
Open to the public, this dinner program highlights the relationship between climate change and health, and provides ideas for mitigation. Featuring keynote speakers Dr. George Luber and Meredith Jagger.