Persistence pays off. For years, FCNL has been working with
you and others throughout the country to increase funds for
securing the "unsecured" nuclear weapons around
the world. Last week, this advocacy paid off again: the
House overwhelmingly voted to increase the funding for a
key nonproliferation program. How
did your representative vote?
This amendment, offered on the House energy and water
appropriations bill, moves $17 million from a plutonium
fuel program to the Global Threat Reduction Initiative
(GTRI). The GTRI helps keep vulnerable bomb-grade nuclear
material out of the hands of violent extremists. In the
last two years alone, the GTRI has removed more than 882
pounds of highly enriched uranium--enough to produce 16
nuclear weapons--from 10 countries.
There are also those in Congress who want to spend more
money to build new nuclear bomb plants. Fortunately, as
part of this same legislation, the House did not fund
construction of a $5.8 billion new nuclear bomb plant at
the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico.
particularly important that your representative hear from
you now. Not all the news coming out of Congress
recently has been good on the nuclear disarmament front.
Just last month, the House passed legislation that, if it
becomes law, will be a serious setback to a world without
nuclear weapons. The House military authorization bill
would block implementation of the New START treaty with
Russia and encourage the redeployment of tactical nuclear
weapons to South Korea for the first time since 1977.
Your faithful, persistent advocacy makes a difference. I
hope you will continue to work with the FCNL community to
reinforce the positive position many members of Congress
have taken on this recent nonproliferation vote. Your
action will be key to encourage members of Congress to work
for nonproliferation in the future.
P.S. Your advocacy is important to this work's success,
and so is your financial support. Thank you to everyone who
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