Tell Congress We Can’t Risk Nuclear War!
By Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director for Donna, Mike F., Judy, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is working to decrease the chance of a nuclear war. Click here to tell your Representative and your Senators to cosponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. Sen. Ed Markey sponsored the Senate legislation, and Rep. Ted Lieu sponsored the House companion bill.
This bill prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. “First-use nuclear strike” means a nuclear weapons attack against an enemy that is conducted without the President determining that the enemy has first launched a nuclear strike against the United States or a U.S. ally.
Click here to help prevent nuclear war!
Jake Johnson, staff writer for CommonDreams reports, “As President Donald Trump continues to ratchet up tensions between the United States and North Korea through saber-rattling on Twitter and in television interviews, the U.S. has quietly begun preparing to put nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on ‘24-hour ready alert,’ a status not seen since the end of the Cold War.”
Johnson adds, “Commentators and national security analysts quickly denounced the reported steps as a severe and extremely dangerous consequence of White House ‘hysterics,’” and offers an example: “‘You would be shocked to see how totally prepared we are if we need to be,’ Trump said in an interview on the Fox Business Network on Sunday, adding to fears of imminent nuclear conflict.”
How serious is this? As CommonDreams reports, “Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, highlighted the fact that the U.S. already keeps hundreds of nuclear warheads on alert at all times. Putting B-52s back on 24-hour alert, Mount concluded, ‘would precipitously raise the risk of accidents, strain an aging force, and ensure a destabilizing Russian response.’”
We can’t risk thermonuclear war. Call on Congress to act now to avoid increasing the risk of accidents and heightened tensions. Click here to help prevent nuclear war!
For Healthcare not Warfare,
Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director for Donna, Mike F., Judy, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
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