Physicians for Social Responsibility Calls on Congress to Support the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
May 3, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Martin Fleck, Security Program Director
WASHINGTON, DC (May 3, 2017)—Today, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) joined a coalition of 17 organizations to submit nearly 500,000 signatures urging Congress to support H.R. 669 and S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.
Jeff Carter, Executive Director of PSR, stated, “The Markey-Lieu bill illustrates how our nuclear weapons procedures undermine basic democratic principles. Any use of these weapons would result in massive loss of life, a humanitarian catastrophe, and long-term climate disruption. No individual should have unlimited, unchecked authority to unleash such destructive power, and yet current law permits any president to launch a nuclear first strike on nothing more than a whim. This bill ensures that such a catastrophe will never occur, while doing nothing that would interfere with a president’s ability to defend the U.S. if it were under nuclear attack.”
Physicians for Social Responsibility, a member organization of over 30,000 seeks to address the gravest threats to human health and survival. The group’s motto is “Prevention is the only cure.” PSR’s international federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.