Dear Friends of a world free of nuclear weapons,
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on December 11th to approve (by a vote of 377 to 48) the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It is essentially a done deal; and Congress has failed the American people!
The most dangerous compromise in the NDAA is allowing deployment of the new low-yield nuclear warhead, known as the W76-2.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) defended the compromise NDAA against criticism from progressives that Democrats gave up too much in negotiations with the Republican-controlled Senate and White House, calling it, "the most progressive defense bill in the history of the country, with Donald Trump as president and Jim Inhofe as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. I will rest on that sentence.” It is massively ironic that earlier this year Smith was a co-sponsor of legislation that would have prevented research, development, production and deployment of the W76-2. There should have been NO compromise on this issue in the NDAA!
The Union of Concerned Scientists issued a scathing rebuke of the compromise NDAA: “If it passes this annual defense bill, Congress will have failed in its fundamental duty to protect the American people… This bill accelerates the growing nuclear arms race with Russia. It fully funds almost every element of the Trump administration’s trillion-dollar plan to replace the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal with new, more deadly weapons that we do not need, and cannot afford. Most immediately, the bill will allow the Trump administration to quickly deploy the new W76-2 nuclear warhead—a lower yield weapon specifically intended to be more useable in a nuclear conflict. Weapons such as this one make nuclear war more likely and do nothing to enhance our security.”
We need to thank those 48 members of Congress who voted against the NDAA, and issue a firm rebuke to the 377 who voted to make nuclear war more likely!
W76-2 nuclear warhead production has been completed, and the next step is deployment. The W76-2 must not be deployed!
Please click here to send a message to your Representative (courtesy of the Union of Concerned Scientists)!
If you would like to learn more about the W76-2 "low-yield" Trident warhead, click here for our updated Fact Sheet.
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Thanks on behalf of Ground Zero Center,