Here are some talking points you can use in your message:
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia is set to expire in December of 2009, adding urgency to the negotiation and ratification of a new agreement to achieve deep, verifiable reductions to both countries’ arsenals. With the Cold War over and more than 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world today, the risk of accidental launches or theft is great.
We can help prevent new nuclear weapons states by negotiating a new treaty that verifiably ends the production of fissile materials.
By taking concrete steps to reduce our nuclear arsenal, the US can set an example for other countries and help strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The US must work with the international community to prevent nuclear terrorism by securing loose nuclear material. Congress should provide high levels of funding to ensure programs to secure loose nuclear material succeed.
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty enhances global and US security by blocking new nuclear threats from emerging. Without the ability to conduct nuclear weapons test explosions, a country cannot proof test new warhead designs and engage in arms races by building more capable nuclear arsenals.
The goal of a nuclear weapons free world and steps toward it has bipartisan support from statesmen like former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former Senator Sam Nunn, and former Defense Secretary William Perry.