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Bulletin 220: Emergency phone calls to Congress needed NOW to delay new, stealthy nuclear cruise missile: call your rep at 202-224-3121
June 15, 2016
Dear friends and colleagues --
We are relaying as quickly as we can a very important emergency alert sent by our sister group Tri-Valley CAREs of Livermore, CA.
Your phone call is needed right now in support of an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) to the Defense Appropriations Bill, which would strip $76 million from the Long Range Stand Off (LRSO) missile -- a proposed new, stealthy nuclear cruise missile that is probably the single worst new nuclear weapon in President Obama's outrageous trillion-dollar nuclear weapons investment package.
Tri-Valley CAREs informs us that the Rules Committee has just accepted this amendment. Every member of the House of Representatives will get to vote on it. Delaying and then canceling LRSO is critically important for strategic stability vis-a-vis both Russia and China.
Just call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Representative, or else call his or her Washington DC office directly. Ask them to vote YES on the Quigley amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill.
The Quigley amendment is co-sponsored by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. This is a good start.
Please make this call immediately.
I am sorry we don't have more lead time, but that is how the amendment process works.
CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON NOW PLEASE AT 202-224-3121. The vote could come tomorrow, June 16.
The Quigley amendment is co-sponsored by: Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. This is a good start.
Very quick recent background:
- "Cruise Control: Why the U.S. Should Not Buy a New Nuclear Air-Launched Cruise Missile," Kingston Reif, Arms Control Association (ACA), March 21, 2016
- "Questions About The Nuclear Cruise Missile Mission," Hans Kristensen, Federation of American Scientists, March 25, 2016
- "This Debate Over a New Cruise Missile Has Gone Nuclear," Kingston Reif (ACA), April 5, 2016
- "Feinstein Takes Aim at Nuclear Cruise Missile Funding," Aaron Mehta, Defense News, April 14, 2016
- "New US nuclear-capable cruise missile expected to proceed," Daniel Wasserbly, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, 06 June 2016
- "Examining the Flawed Rationale for a New Nuclear Air-Launched Cruise Missile," ACA, June 12, 2016
Meanwhile LRSO advocates in the Pentagon are circulating this revealing letter, discussed in a good June 10 blog post by Hans Kristensen.
The Jane's article in the list above quotes Lieutenant General Jack Weinstein, USAF deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, as saying "there was no question during the last meeting that we're going to do an LRSO."
Weinstein will be in Albuquerque next week at the Strategic Deterrent Coalition Symposium, possibly on Monday evening and certainly on Tuesday. Some of our alternative events; see also the Doomsday Forum Facebook page. There will be protests. Come to the teach-in tomorrow in Albuquerque and find out more.