The President Must Not Have Sole Authority to Launch Nuclear Weapons

The humanitarian consequences of any nuclear weapons use would be unacceptable. The escalating rhetoric between the United States and Iran gives new urgency to bills currently in the House and Senate.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) have introduced bills in the House and Senate to reduce the likelihood of the United States using nuclear weapons first in a conflict. The bills would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.

Of course, we believe strongly that nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances. This bill would not legislate that, but it would make it much more difficult for the President to use nuclear weapons, which we believe is a move in the right direction.

Please write your Representative and Senators today and ask them to sign on to H.R. 669 in the House or S.200 in the Senate.

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