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Why Are We Still Paying For This?
May 16, 2013Our country is preparing to spend more than $600 billion over the next decade to maintain and upgrade a nuclear weapons arsenal that was designed to fight the Cold War. It just doesn't make sense. Please urge your representative to support legislation to cut spending on nuclear weapons.
As Congress debates the federal budget, they are deciding how many low-income families will lose monthly housing assistance; how many women and children will face cutbacks in food support; how local governments will maintain bridges, sewers and roads; and how much money to pour into perpetuating a nuclear arsenal that is both immoral and unnecessary.
Rep. Ed Markey (MA) and 40 other representatives have proposed the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, which would cut at least a $100 billion from spending on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. Find out if your representative has cosponsored this legislation. Then write her or him a letter urging support of this important bill or appreciation for signing on as a cosponsor.
This proposal, H.R. 1506, would nearly halve the number of nuclear-armed submarines in the U.S. arsenal, cancel plans for the F-35 fighter jet and the $10 billion B61 nuclear bomb refurbishment project, stop construction of a uranium processing facility in Oak Ridge, TN to make materials for new nuclear weapons, and more.
The SANE Act would save money, cut back on outdated U.S. nuclear weapons, and make our country safer. Ask your representative to add his or her name as a supporter of this proposal today.
P.S. If you'd like more information, check out the nuclear disarmament section of our website.