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Good News!! Congress Votes to Eliminate Funding For New Nuclear Weapons

Congress voted on November 20, 2004 to eliminate funding for new nuclear weapons.
Good News! Congress Votes to Eliminate Funding for New Nuclear Weapons
11-23-04
From: aseem@worldcentric.org
  

Good news! In case you didn't hear, on November 20, Congress said  'NO'  to new nuclear weapons! The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year  2005 deleted all funds for the Robust Nuclear Earth  Penetrator (RNEP)  and advanced concepts for nuclear weapons. In addition, there will be no funds allocated for "advanced test  readiness," a program that  reduces the time needed to prepare for a nuclear explosion at the Nevada Test Site. Funds for the modern plutonium pit facility were cut from $30 million to $7 million, and none of this can be used to select a site for the facility.

This is a remarkable victory that would not have been possible without the leadership of Rep. David Hobson (OH), Chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, whose sustained opposition to funding these programs was critical. Sen. Dianne Feinstein called the elimination of funds for new nuclear weapons a "consequential step" that "should send a very loud message to the administration." While we still need to resist programs that fuel nuclear proliferation, militarism, and instability throughout the world, the elimination of these funds is an important victory that sets us on the right path.


From the Friends Committee on National Legislation
 
 


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