Freeze Our Nukes, Fund our Future!
62 members of Congress have signed a letter to Super Committee calling for cuts to nuclear budget before slashing bedrock programs for seniors, families and most vulnerable
Georgia has weighed in on this. We're glad to report Congressman John Lewis and Congressman Hank Johnson have already signed on! Please call and thank them or call any of the 12 members of the Super Committee and ask them to freeze the nukes and fund the future.
Georgia WAND, National WAND and the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, among other organizations have also signed on.
Markey, Military Leaders, Health and Nonproliferation Advocates Call for Cuts to U.S. Nuclear Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Currently, America is the financial caretaker for 5,000 nuclear warheads. The U.S. will spend an estimated $700 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next ten years. These funds are a drain on our budget and a disservice to the next generation of Americans.
On Tuesday, October 11 Lt. General Robert G. Gard, one of the nation’s leading experts on nuclear nonproliferation and national security issues, along with leading health, seniors and nuclear nonproliferation advocates will join Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), to call on the congressional Super Committee to cut hundreds of billions from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget before targeting programs for seniors, families and the sick.
“We can save hundreds of billions of dollars by restructuring the U.S. nuclear program for the 21st century,” said Rep. Markey. “We can no longer afford to rob the future to pay for unneeded weapons of the past. Now is the time to reset our priorities and invest in the people and programs to get America back on track.”
WHAT: Press conference calling on Super Committee to make cuts from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget over the next decade
WHO: Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee and senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee
· Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, ret.), Chairman of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
· Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund
· Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA
WHEN: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, noon
WHERE: House Triangle, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC