On February 28th, 2014, Senator Markey and Representative Blumenauer introduced bills in the Senate (S. 2070) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 4107) that would save $100 billion over the next 10 years by reducing nuclear weapons spending. These savings could have real impacts for Americans throughout the United States. Click on your state below to find out more about what savings from this bill means for your community. Make a call today to your Senator or Representative with Peace Action West's easy-to-use tool!
Where do Senator Ed Markey and Representative Earl Blumenauer find these savings?
You can find a copy of the Senate Bill here and the House Bill here. A detailed analysis of the cuts recommended by these Acts is also available here. Below are a few examples of the reductions recommended in the SANE / REIN-IN Acts:
- Reduce deployed strategic submarines from 14 to 8 and reduce the purchase of replacement submarines from 12 to 8 – saving $16 billion.
- Cut warhead life extension programs and defer the development of new ICBMs – saving $15 billion.
- Remove the nuclear mission from F-35s and delay the new long range bomber – saving over $32 billion.
- Cancel nuclear weapon making facilities and missile defense programs – saving $37 billion.
Senator Markey and Representative Blumenauer are also seeking smart reductions from National Nuclear Security Administration projects that are not only dangerous, but are also continually cited for incredible waste and mismanagement. The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability released its report on Monday, May 19th that outlines the serious and endemic problems with our country's nuclear "modernization" program. SANE / REIN-IN would help to down-scope and curtail these projects which continue to waste taxpayer dollars. See below for a factsheet from our new report that discusses some of our major issues.
We want you to talk about what nuclear weapons spending is really costing our country.
We have more important priorities than building upgraded nuclear weapons or expanding our nuclear complex production infrastructure: We can build new schools, make important investments in energy, and we can create new economic opportunities. Let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like a shareable graphic for your outreach in a particular state for these two important acts.
This is just the start
The international community has successfully banned weapons of mass destruction like chemical and biological weapons. Indeed, they have also worked to ban conventional arms that violate international norms and treaties governing the use of force.
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, and other ANA members are working to educate the public & decision-makers that the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons should compel an urgent commitment to abolish nuclear weapons.