Coalition Letter: Support the Global Security Priorities Resolution

July 23, 2008

The Hon. Howard L. Berman, Chair
House Foreign Affairs Committee
2170 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member
House Foreign Affairs Committee
B360 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Berman and Ranking Member Ros-Lehtinen,

We are writing to urge you to immediately take up H.Res. 1045—the Global Security Priorities Resolution—in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), and call for your support of the bill’s passage before Congress adjourns in August.

Introduced by Reps. McGovern (D-MA) and Lungren (R-CA), this bipartisan legislation is also cosponsored by 11 members of HFAC, from both parties. H.Res. 1045 urges the President to take steps to reduce the number of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. Savings from these reductions would be used to support essential nuclear nonproliferation programs to prevent the spread of dangerous weapons and technologies to other nations and terrorists, and for critical child survival, hunger, and education programs around the world that help address the root causes of terrorism.

Expeditiously reporting this resolution out of HFAC will create momentum and make more members of the 110th Congress aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons. It will also demonstrate the Committee's commitment to the bipartisan vision set forth by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and former Senator Sam Nunn that the United States should embrace the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and that “practical measures toward achieving that goal would be, and would be perceived as, a bold initiative consistent with America's moral heritage.”

These vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons remain one of the gravest threats to global security, and to that of our families and future generations. This legislation can play a valuable role in bringing Democrats and Republicans together to set the stage for bold, urgent action, ultimately leading toward a world free of nuclear weapons. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

David Culp, Legislative Representative
Friends Committee on National Legislation

Marie Dennis, Director
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Dennis Frado, Director
Lutheran Office for World Community
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Susan Gordon, Director
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability

Ambassador (ret.) Robert T. Grey Jr., Director
Bipartisan Security Group

Lisbeth Gronlund, Ph.D., Co-Director
Global Security Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

Howard W. Hallman, Chair
Methodists United for Peace with Justice

Evelyn Hanneman, Operations Coordinator
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America

John Isaacs, Executive Director
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Rob Keithan, Director
Washington Office for Advocacy
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Daryl Kimball, Executive Director
Arms Control Association

David Krieger President
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Marie Lucey, OSF
Associate Director for Social Mission
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Kevin Martin, Executive Director
Peace Action

T. Michael McNulty, SJ
Justice and Peace Director
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

David A. Robinson, Executive Director
Pax Christi USA: National Catholic Peace Movement

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Director
Washington Office
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Susan Shaer, Executive Director
Women’s Action for New Directions

Maureen Shea, Director
Office of Government Relations
The Episcopal Church

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director
Islamic Society of North America

Paul F. Walker, Ph.D.
Legacy Program Director
Global Green USA (The US affiliate of Green Cross International, Mikhail Gorbachev, Founding Chairman)

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Policy Director
Faithful Security: The National Religious Partnership on the Nuclear Weapons Danger

James E. Winkler, General Secretary
General Board of Church and Society United Methodist Church

cc: The Honorable Daniel E. Lungren
The Honorable James McGovern