Sending Office: Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
Cosponsors: McGovern, Omar
Today, as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea shows no signs of slowing its nuclear weapons program, please cosponsor the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2019 (H.R. 2419). We must begin to turn public sentiment
into public policy and make advances toward a peaceful, nuclear-weapons-free future.
This bill requires the United States to sign and ratify an international agreement to disable and dismantle America’s nuclear weapons, strictly control fissile material and radioactive waste and use nuclear-free energy. The United Nations Treaty on the
Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (Treaty), which was drafted in 2017 and approved by 122 nations, would qualify as an international agreement. According to the United Nations, the Treaty is “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading
towards their total elimination.”
In 1993, District of Columbia peace activists were successful in getting a D.C. ballot initiative passed, which called for nuclear disarmament. Every Congress since then, I have introduced a bill based on that initiative. In March of this year the D.C.
Council passed a “Sense of the Council” resolution urging the United States to approve the Treaty. These actions show that D.C. residents were early, prescient leaders on this important issue. It seems that the rest of the world is, thankfully, starting
to catch up to the District.
This bill also provides that, after ratification of the international agreement, federal funds used for nuclear weapons programs would be redirected to human and infrastructure needs, such as housing, health care, Social Security, restoring the environment
and creating carbon-free, nuclear-free energy. The conversion to a peace economy would occur when the President certifies to Congress that all countries possessing nuclear weapons have begun eliminating them under this international agreement.
Our country still has a long list of urgent domestic needs that have been put on the back-burner. As the only nation that has used nuclear weapons in war, and still possesses one of the largest arsenals of nuclear weapons, I urge support for my bill to
help the United States reestablish its moral leadership in the world by redirecting funds that would otherwise go toward nuclear weapons to urgent domestic needs.
Please contact my staffer Blake Paradis (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-225-8050) if you would like to cosponsor or have any questions.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
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