On Tuesday, 8 June 2004 , the US Senate will take up and vote on the Kennedy-Feinstein Amendment that will cut all funds requested by the Bush Administration for new nuclear weapons programs. The amendment, sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA), will cut $27.5 million in funding for research of the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator ("bunker busters") and $9 million for other advanced nuclear weapons concepts, including "mini-nukes." These programs will not protect Americans and will only diminish the nation's security.
Call, email and fax your Senators today and ask them to support the Kennedy-Feinstein Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill.
To find your senators, visit the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Online Action Center: http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/dbq/officials/
If used, the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator
or "bunker-buster" - which will be a high-yield nuclear weapon
- would put at risk the lives of US service personnel and innocent civilians
as well as create massive collateral damage. "Bunker-busters"
would spread intensely radioactive fallout over a wide area and spread
dangerous contaminants, especially if buried stockpiles of chemical and/or
biological weapons were targeted.
SEC. 3122. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT UNDER STOCKPILE SERVICES ADVANCED CONCEPTS INITIATIVE OR FOR ROBUST NUCLEAR EARTH PENETRATOR.
None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by section 3101(a)(1) for the National Nuclear Security Administration for weapons activities may be obligated or expended for the following:
(1) The Stockpile Services Advanced Concepts Initiative for the support of new nuclear weapons development.
(2) The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP).
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