A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest
With the end of the Cold War, many dared hope
that the scourge of nuclear weapons would be ended
once and for all. Yet, today, more than two decades later,
the drive to build nuclear weapons by some governments
continues, energized in no small part by the
policies of the U.S. government.
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Speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27, President Obama called for nuclear disarmament, saying, "Among those nations like my own that hold nuclear stockpiles, we must have the courage to escape the logic of fear and pursue a world without them.”
Nuclear weapons do not need to be modernized or replaced. These weapons do not provide safety for the nation or the world. They are a Cold War relic and should be phased out. The new nuclear cruise missile is one weapon that is particularly destabilizing.
On May 12 the Energy and Water Appropriations bill passed the Senate floor with a 90-8 vote. In the bill there are increases to the nonproliferation budget that FCNL and partner organizations lobbied to increase. These increases will increase nuclear security and decrease the possibility of nuclear proliferation.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We urge the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
Nations must move toward comprehensive disarmament. We advocate that the United States take unilateral steps toward disarmament, believing that other nations will respond affirmatively to this example. The risks of disarmament are far smaller than the risks involved in the current course of weapons development, proliferation and stockpiling.
We call for our federal government to safely dispose of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and materials in the United States and abroad."