Nukes are nuts, 2014 edition

Please call your senators and congressperson today. Proposed congressional legislation will help reduce wasteful spending on nuclear weapons and their delivery platforms.

Photo: DoD

Ohio-class Trident submarine with missile tubes open. Photo: DoD

The president’s budget request for 2015 shows that his priorities are still dangerously backwards, asking for yet another increase for nuclear weapons while crucial domestic spending continues to be slashed.

What kind of money are we talking about here? Well, for example, according to Doyle McManus of the LA Times,

Sometime after 2020, the Pentagon plans to replace all 12 of its subs that carry nuclear weapons at a cost that will probably exceed $6 billion a boat.

Put another way, the total cost to Oregon taxpayers of nuclear weapons and their support systems in fiscal year 2014 was $178.19 million. That would have paid four-year scholarships (in-state tuition) for 5,218 Oregon students or about 17% of statewide high school graduates each year. You can explore your own interactive trade-offs here.

Our allies in Congress are stepping up to take these misguided priorities head on. Companion bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would save $100 billion in the next ten years by reducing the number of nuclear weapons and delivery platforms.

In the Senate, Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) bill is the SANE Act (S. 2070) and in the House, Rep. Earl Blumenauer has introduced the REIN-IN Act (H.R. 4107). We need your help to get your representatives on board supporting cuts to nukes. The summary text of the bills:

To reduce the number of nuclear-armed submarines operated by the Navy, to prohibit the development of a new long-range penetrating bomber aircraft, to prohibit the procurement of new intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for other purposes.

Please call your representatives through the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. To look up your representative and senators click here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Tell your representatives to cosponsor these important bills to cut wasteful nuclear weapons spending.

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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