Sending Office: Honorable Brad Sherman
Please join us in co-sponsoring The Richard Lugar Nonproliferation and Arms Control Legacy Resolution. Along with honoring Senator Lugar’s legacy, this resolution reaffirms America’s commitment to reducing nuclear dangers.
Senator Richard Lugar, who passed away on April 28, 2019, was instrumental in establishing the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which eliminated 7,600 nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union following the Cold War. He also helped secure Senate ratification
of the New START Treaty in 2010. The New START Treaty caps the size of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons at 1,550 nuclear warheads.
Carrying on Senator Lugar’s legacy, this resolution establishes that it is the sense of Congress that:
- The United States should continue to encourage all States Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to comply fully with the Treaty;
- The United States should maintain support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) through its assessed and voluntary contributions and promote the universal adoption of the IAEA Additional Protocol;
- The United States consider extending the New START Treaty with Russia, provided it continues to advance U.S. interests;
- The United States strongly condemns the Russian Federation’s violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and urges it to come back into full compliance prior to August 2, 2019;
- In responding to the Russian Federation’s deployment of INF-range systems, the United States should advocate for those defense and deterrence steps which preserve NATO alliance cohesion and are aimed at averting an arms race on the European continent;
- Pursuit of a verifiable and comprehensive arms control agreement with Russia and China would enhance U.S. and global security by building upon other treaties and agreements; and
- The United States should continue to pursue opportunities with other nuclear weapon states to reduce the salience, number, and role of nuclear weapons in their national military strategies.
A companion resolution has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Todd Young (R-IN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rand Paul (R-KY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Brad Sherman Jim Banks
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