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United States Congress Weighs in on Nuclear Disarmament

Posted by Laicie Olson on May 19, 2009

United States Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Dan Lungren (R-CA) introduced House Resolution 278, the Global Security Priorities Resolution, on March 24, 2009. The bill calls on the President to take steps toward, "reducing the number of and accessibility to nuclear weapons and preventing their proliferation, and directing a portion of the resulting savings towards child survival, hunger, and universal education." Rep. Lungren stated that "The world has changed dramatically over the last half century and so have the nature of the threats with which we must contend."

The Global Security Priorities Resolution seeks to reduce the threat of terrorism and protect the international security of the United States. H.R. 278 calls for U.S. and Russian nuclear arms reductions to no more than 1,000 warheads, with a total nuclear inventory of no more than 3,000 each. Rep. McGovern added, "We believe that a continued reduction in nuclear weapons is smart policy, and we believe that improving the lives of poor children around the world is not just the moral thing to do – it also improves our security by enhancing our image, reducing global tensions and weakening the ability of terrorists to recruit adherents to their hateful agenda."

The bill also calls for the extension and enhancement of the Cooperative Threat Reduction (Nunn-Lugar) Program, which attempts to dismantle nuclear weapons and materials in former Soviet Union states. H.R. 278 is an important step on the way to nuclear weapons elimination. Presidents Obama and Medvedev have already begun negotiations on an extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), and H.R. 278 could provide a crucial opportunity for members of Congress to weigh in. PSR greatly supports the Global Security Priorities Resolution.

To see the full text of the bill, click here.


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