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The first nuclear test explosion was detonated seventy-five years ago on July 16, 1945.
After more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions, nuclear testing is a dangerous vestige of a bygone era. We must not go back to that era. Opening the door to testing and inflaming a nuclear arms race is the last thing we need in the midst of current global security challenges.
Read more in our current issue of Arms Control Today, a special issue marking the 75th year of the nuclear age.
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My Representative is supporting a prohibition of funding for new U.S. nuclear tests through an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act currently before the House. We need others to join in supporting this amendment.
The Trump administration is considering conducting a nuclear test as a political ploy in arms control talks with Russia and China. Worse, the Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee authorized $10 million specifically for a nuclear test blast if ordered by President Trump.
But this amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will prohibit funding for a demonstration nuclear test explosion in fiscal year 2021.
A U.S. nuclear test would raise tensions with Russia and China and almost certainly trigger an outbreak of nuclear testing by other counties and spur an all-out global arms race. It would unravel the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban treaty and the global taboo against nuclear testing.
This is the last thing we need now as we face multiple security challenges.
The vote in the House will take place THIS WEEK.
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Click here: https://www.armscontrol.org/take-action/tell-house-vote-against-nuclear-testing