Save the INF Treaty

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The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed in 1987, was the first agreement between the two nuclear superpowers that eliminated an entire category of nuclear weapons. As a result of the INF Treaty, the U.S. and the Soviet Union destroyed a total of 2,692 missiles. The treaty prohibits development and deployment of ground-based missiles with a range of approximately 300 to 3,000 miles.

Now, President Trump has chosen to suspend this treaty, accusing the Russians of violating it, but offering no proof. Regardless of the veracity of this claim, scrapping major nuclear arms treaties is not going to make anyone safer.

In the United States, the Executive Branch has almost total power to withdraw from treaties without any say from Congress. But Congress still has one important lever: the power of the purse. Send a message to your senators today and ask them to co-sponsor S.312, a bill that would prevent any funding for missiles that would violate the terms of the INF Treaty.

This is not a perfect bill, in our opinion. But it represents the best bet we have right now in Congress to preserve the important protections that the INF Treaty has provided for the past 31 years.

So far, 13 senators have co-sponsored the bill. Once you enter your information on this page, the system will show your senators and will select draft language for them based on whether or not they have already co-sponsored.

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