Recent estimates put U.S. spending on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next decade at over $640 billion. Congress is desperately seeking ways to cut the budget deficit.
The nuclear weapons budget is an obvious place to begin.
Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has authored a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate encouraging significant cuts to “our bloated nuclear weapons budget.”
Please take a moment to write to your Representative today and ask her/him to sign on to Rep. Markey’s letter. The deadline for your Representative to sign on is Tuesday, November 27, so please take action today. If you prefer to call your Representative, you can reach the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Rep. Markey’s letter reads in part, “We know there is plenty of waste in the nuclear weapons budget….just one nuclear bomb life extension program will cost $10 billion for an estimated 400 weapons. At that price, we could buy each bomb’s weight in solid gold. And this would be a better investment. Gold appreciates, while money spent on this nuclear bomb is money down the drain.”
The letter concludes, “Cut Minuteman missiles. Do not cut Medicare and Medicaid. Cut nuclear-armed B-52 and B-2 bombers. Do not cut Social Security. Invest in the research and education that will drive our future prosperity, not in weapons for a war we already won.”