A SANE Nuclear Weapons Budget
This week, 35 members of Congress introduced legislation that could reduce the billions of dollars our country wastes each year on maintaining an enormous nuclear weapons program. Will you ask your representative to cosponsor this legislation as a smart way for Congress to reduce military spending and our federal deficit? Or if they are a cosponsor, will you take a minute to thank them for their leadership.
The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, H.R. 3974, would cancel, freeze or reduce more than a dozen nuclear programs. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ed Markey (MA), would reduce the number of deployed nuclear warheads to no more than 1,000 and reduce the nuclear weapons budget by $117 billion over the next 10 years.
The Cold War is long over, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Ballistic missile submarines, land-based missiles and aircraft bombers still form the basis for our nuclear weapons program. Among the cuts the bill proposes are
- Reducing the fleet of nuclear armed submarines from 14 to 8;
- Canceling plans for the new F-35 jet, which could carry nuclear bombs;
- Cancel plans for a new intercontinental ballistic missile system; and
- Cancel plans to build a uranium processing facility in Oak Ridge, TN to make materials for new nuclear weapons.
In today's budget environment, members of Congress from both major political parties are calling on their colleagues to take a hard look at spending on nuclear weapons. Representative Markey's legislation lays out a plan for how the nation could smartly reduce the nuclear weapons arsenal. FCNL sees this legislation as an important, practical step in the direction of a world free of nuclear weapons, and we hope you will urge your representative to support it.