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 representative today and ask her/him to co-sponsor H.R.1249, a bill that would prevent any funding for missiles that would violate the terms of the INF Treaty.

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