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With the end of the Cold War, many dared hope that the scourge of nuclear weapons would be ended once and for all. Yet, today, more than two decades later, the drive to build nuclear weapons by some governments continues, energized in no small part by the policies of the U.S. government.

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Update House Votes to End War with Iraq, Prevent War with Iran 

The House of Representatives also adopted bipartisan amendments to the annual defense policy bill which advance our work on nuclear weapons, climate, ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, and more.

In a pair of stunning victories last week, the House of Representatives adopted bipartisan amendments to the annual defense policy bill that would repeal the 17-year-old authority to engage in a war with Iraq and prohibit spending on an unauthorized war with Iran. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020 (NDAA) then passed the House by a final vote of 220-97, without any Republican votes.

Legislative Ask Stop New Nuclear Missiles 

Reject funding for new “low-yield” and other warfighting nuclear weapons.

Ronald Reagan famously warned that, “A nuclear war can never be won and must never be fought.” In the 35 years since Reagan’s statement, the world has made important but insufficient progress in reducing nuclear dangers. Now, the Trump Administration is arguing, without any credible evidence, that other countries may think they could prevail in a limited nuclear exchange.

Update Appropriations Bills Restrain Authority to Conduct War and Build Nuclear Weapons 

The $1 trillion package of FY2020 spending bills that passed the House in June contained important victories for reining in the aggressive and militaristic U.S. approach to national security.

Update Major Progress on Defense Policy Bill 

Last week brought major victories for FCNL’s lobbying priorities when the House moved to reject unnecessary and destabilizing new weapons systems, and preserve longstanding treaties.

Letter FCNL Joins Coalition Opposing Pentagon Spending Levels 

On June 24, a broad and bi-partisan coalition sent a letter to the Senate calling on them to oppose a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 that provides $750 billion for Pentagon spending.

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