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Out of Control #Nuclear Budget

by Women's Action category: Cause

“#Nuclear weapons spending is out of control. Tell Congress to support the SANE/REIN-IN Acts! http://thndr.it/1mBgtHJ

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177% of goal supported
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This campaign ended on April 07, 2014 at 12PM

Out of Control #Nuclear Budget

UPDATE!!

Celebrate our shared success!

On April 7, WAND launched a Thunderclap to promote the SANE and REIN-IN Acts, bills that would make smart reductions to the U.S. nuclear arsenal and save billions of dollars over 10 years. This action marked the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s Prague Speech in which he pledged, "America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons."

177 people participated in the Thunderclap and through Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr you reached over 212,000 people. Because of your participation in the Thunderclap and previous actions, hundreds of conscientious people urged their Members of Congress to support these bills.

We at WAND are ever-grateful for your relentless energy to combat excessive weapons spending and reduce the dangers of nuclear weapons.

If you weren’t able to participate yet, you can still help make a difference. Take action today!


The Story:

Five years ago this week, President Obama announced our nation’s commitment to working toward a world without nuclear weapons.  He said,

So today, I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. …. It will take patience and persistence. …We have to insist, "Yes, we can."

Military experts agree that the bloated U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal is an increasing burden on our nation’s resources. In the next decade, the United States will spend over $550 billion dollars on sustaining, upgrading, and cleaning up the environmental impact from these weapons, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

For economic and national security reasons, the United States needs a different approach.

A concrete next-step is here: 

  • Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have introduced S. 2070, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act.  
  • In the House, Congressman Blumenauer has introduced a companion bill: H.R.4107, the Reduce Expenditures in Nuclear Infrastructure Now (REIN-IN) Act.

These bills would save U.S. taxpayers about $100 billion over ten years by scaling down, delaying, or canceling a variety of nuclear weapons programs and facilities.

Even a fraction of $100 billion would go a long way toward investing in human security needs: public education, disaster relief, unemployment benefits, safer roads and bridges, and the list goes on.

The SANE and REIN-IN Acts put us one step closer to fulfilling the promise we made five years ago by putting the money where it can do the most good. This step forward prioritizes ‘we, the people’ by investing in our future instead of our capacity for destruction.

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WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.

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