Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
Sent By:
Gary.Timmins@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support Funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin to develop and debate the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019, it will be increasingly critical for Congress to ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has the necessary funding to successfully
carry out its duties. The IAEA verifies that states comply with their commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other non-proliferation agreements.

As you know, nuclear proliferation is one of the greatest threats to U.S. and global security. Rogue regimes and clandestine organizations continue to exhibit the ambition to acquire nuclear materials that can be used to construct nuclear weapons. Given
this threat, the IAEA has taken on a greater role in promoting international nuclear security. The IAEA not only assists states in creating and bolstering their nuclear security infrastructure, but also provides ongoing recommendations, education, and training.

Historically, the United States has provided extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA to maintain or enhance the ability of the IAEA to carry out its mission. By continuing to ensure that the IAEA has the funding necessary to fulfill its growing responsibilities,
we can help prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism around the world.

Please join me in urging the Appropriations Committee to include robust funding for the accounts that support the IAEA in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019.

The deadline to sign is March 14. For more information or to sign, please contact Gary Timmins in my office at Gary.Timmins@mail.house.gov or at (202) 225-3515.

Sincerely,

Bill Foster

Member of Congress

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Dear Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey:

As you begin consideration of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019, we write to respectfully request robust funding for the accounts that support the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an international organization
tasked with verifying that states comply with their commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other non-proliferation agreements.

Our ability to monitor and detect illicit nuclear activities is largely based upon the will and support of the international community. With the expanding use of nuclear energy and uses around the world and with nuclear threats drawing increased global attention,
member states are expecting more from the IAEA.

Currently, 126 states party to the NPT have Additional Protocols in force that grant the IAEA expanded authority to verify their commitment not to produce, transfer, or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons. As a result, international inspectors are able to
obtain a broader picture of states’ nuclear programs, plans, and nuclear material holdings, which ultimately helps to provide assurances regarding the absence of nuclear weapons-related activities.

In the past, the United States has provided extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA to maintain or enhance the ability of the IAEA to carry out its mission. By continuing to ensure that the IAEA has the funding necessary to fulfill its growing responsibilities,
we can help prevent, detect, and, if necessary, respond to nuclear terrorism around the world.

As Members of Congress, we have a foremost responsibility to the continued security of the United States and our friends and allies. We appreciate your consideration of our request and look forward to working with you to advance the cause of global nuclear
security.

Sincerely,

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