Thanks for writing to your Senators and urging their support for the "Prevention of Arms Race Act of 2019."
This bill is a step in the right direction if we are to prevent a new destabilizing missile race with Russia.
More Senators need to hear from us on this. Can you spread the word to keep up our momentum?
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I have just written my Senators asking them to oppose funding for new U.S. INF missiles in Europe.
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty led to the verifiable elimination of over 2,500 Soviet and U.S. missiles based in Europe and helped bring an end to the Cold War.
But now, the United States and Russia have suspended their obligations under the treaty and are on course to withdraw from the agreement in six months.
This opens the door for Russia and the United States to develop and field more and new types of ground-launched intermediate-range missiles–a move that would increase the risks of a destabilizing new missile race.
I have written my Senators to urge their support for the "Prevention of Arms Race Act of 2019," (Bill number S.312) which would prohibit funding for the procurement, flight-testing, or deployment of a U.S. ground-launched or ballistic missile until the Trump Administration meets seven specific conditions, including identifying a U.S. ally formally willing to host such a system, and in the case of a European country, have it be the outcome of a NATO-wide decision.
This bill is a step in the right direction. New U.S. ground-launched cruise deployments in Europe or elsewhere would cost billions of dollars, take years to complete, and are militarily unnecessary to defend NATO allies because existing weapons systems can already hold key Russian targets at risk.
Our Senators need to hear from us on this. Can you join me in writing a letter to yours?