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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Ten senators urge President Obama to cancel the nuclear cruise missile, declare a no first use policy and cancel launch-on-warning plans.
The Quigley, et al. amendment would return the LRSO to the FY 2015 schedule: providing $19.8 million for FY 2017. The resulting $75 million in savings would be moved to the deficit reduction account. We believe this is the better approach than the current acquisition plan for the new missile for several interrelated reasons: there is no need to rush procurement of the LRSO, the slower funding schedule allows for flexibility, and It is fiscally responsible to fund the LRSO at a slower pace.
President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park. He reflected on the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. He voiced his vision for a world free of nuclear weapons, and the possibility of a peaceful world. While this was a momentous event, he should have made an action to reduce the United States' nuclear arsenal.
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."