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From: "Joseph Gerson, AFSC" <JGerson@afsc.org>
Date: June 13, 2016, 11:59:06 AM PDT
Subject: Action Alert: Call Congress to Oppose Funding for Oppose New Nuclear Cruise Missile
Blocking funding for the new, very dangerous and destablizing nuclear cruise missle won't eliimiante the projected $1 trillion spending for the new generation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems.
BUT, it would remove one very dangerous dimenison of the so-called nuclear modernization.
Following is an action alert/appeal from David Culp of AFSC's sister organization, the Friends Committee on National Legislation. You can reach your Congressional Representative or Senator via the Congressional swittchboard at 202-224-3121.
Hoping you'll read David's appeal and make that call,
David Culp, FCNL
June 13, 2016
Now is time for organizations to send action alerts to their constituents opposing the new nuclear cruise missile.
House Defense Appropriations Bill
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) filed a floor amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill to cut the budget for the new nuclear cruise missile, known as the Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon, by $75.8 million and move the savings into a "deficit reduction" account. The effect of the amendment would be to delay production of the cruise missile and buy time for the next president to consider its value and necessity. Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John Garamendi (D-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) joined as original cosponsors.
The House Rules Committee will announce late tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, June 14) whether it will allow the amendment to come to the House floor. That announcement will be found at https://rules.house.gov/bill/114/hr-5293.
The House is expected to vote on floor amendments this Wednesday and Thursday (June 15- 16), but will not finish the bill. Final amendment votes are expected next week on Tuesday and Wednesday (June 21-22). The order of amendments will be listed in the announcement above.
Senate Defense Authorization Bill
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) filed a floor amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to cut all funds for the new nuclear cruise missile. The bill has been on floor since May 25 and is slated to be finished tomorrow (Tuesday, June 14). Very few of the over 500 amendments filed have been allowed a floor vote and Markey's amendment will not get a vote on this bill.
Senate Defense Appropriations Bill
Markey may offer a new nuclear cruise missile amendment to the defense appropriations bill when it comes to the Senate floor. The earliest that bill could come up is next week (week of June 20), but the Senate floor schedule is uncertain.
An extensive set of links to news articles and reports on the new nuclear cruise missile is at http://www.nuclearcruisemissiles.com/resources.html.
These may be the only votes on nuclear weapons this year in the House or the Senate. I strongly urge you to ask your constituents to support the Quigley and potential Markey amendments.
Sample tweet: Stop the new nuclear cruise missile! Support @RepMikeQuigley amdt to defense approps. http://1.usa.gov/1UvUGgN
AFSC Peace & Economic Security Program
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