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Congress to Vote on Funding Cut for the New Nuclear Cruise Missile, Called the LRSO, Perhaps as Early as Tomorrow Afternoon!
Today, the Rules Committee in the House of Representatives accepted an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) to the Defense Appropriations Bill. This means that every Representative will get the chance to vote on it, including yours. The vote could come as early as tomorrow afternoon (Thursday).
The amendment would cut the budget for the new nuclear-tipped cruise missile, known as the Long-Range Stand Off (LRSO) weapon by $75.8 million and moves the savings to “deficit reduction” instead of a new nuclear weapon.
The impact of this amendment would be to delay the development and production of the cruise missile. As you know, delay is often a necessary and crucial first step to cancellation of a new nuclear weapon system.
Tell your Representative that this amendment will buy needed time for Congress to ask questions and get answers on the LRSO.
The Mike Quigley (D-IL) amendment is being co-sponsored by: Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) who is the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. If one of these members of Congress represents you, please call and tell him THANK YOU!
Every other Representative needs constituents like you to call ASAP. Ask him or her to vote YES on the Quigley amendment to limit funding for the new nuclear cruise missile.
Nuclear Cruise Missile Background: As you may know, the LRSO warhead is being designed at Livermore Lab to be launched atop a new, stealthier cruise missile to be designed by the Pentagon.
Current plans call for designing and building at least 1,000 of these horrific new nuclear weapons at an estimated cost upwards of $30 billion. The LRSO is part of the $1 trillion upgrade of U.S. nuclear weapons being planned over the coming 30 years.
To read about the LRSO (pages 3 and 4) in the 2016 report, “Trillion Dollar Trainwreck” by Tri-Valley CAREs and other organizations in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, click here.
For a blog by Tri-Valley CAREs’ intern Joseph Rodgers summarizing key facts about the new LRSO and cruise missile, click here.
For an op-ed in the Washington Post by former Secretary of Defense William Perry and former Assistant Secretary Andy Weber, titled, “Mr. President, Kill the New Cruise Missile,” click here.
For additional information, check back issues of our Citizen’s Watch newsletter click here.
You can also call us at 925-443-7148 to find out how you can stay involved with Tri-Valley CAREs throughout the coming year to stop this new nuclear weapon and the $1 trillion new nuclear arms race of which it is a part.
Remember, your call now can make a huge difference! Call 202-224-3121.