Block Funding For New Nuclear Weapons

September 5, 2003

The Episcopal Church firmly supports a goal of total nuclear disarmament and implementation of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty on nuclear weapons*. A critical vote on nuclear weapons is expected in the Senate soon as part of a vote on S. 1424, the energy and water appropriations bill. In late May the House and Senate approved their respective versions of the annual energy and water authorization bill, both containing provisions authorizing the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct research on new types of nuclear weapons. However, before DOE can move forward on this research, the funds must be appropriated by Congress. The Administration wants to continue work on a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP) which would have a yield around 70 times the size of the Hiroshima bomb, as well as research on other advanced nuclear weapons concepts. These actions will further weaken already struggling international efforts to halt the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The House made significant cuts in the Administration’s requested appropriation. The Senate must now take action.

Please contact your Senators via email or call them at 800-513-3472, and urge them to vote for amendments blocking funding for new nuclear weapons when S.1424 reaches the Senate floor.

General Convention ’91 “support[ed] the goal of total nuclear disarmament. . .but inasmuch as the production, testing and deployment of nuclear weapons continue, more must be done to achieve that nuclear disarmament.”

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