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Quaker Lobby Condemns Congressional Vote to Fund Dangerous New "Low-Yield" Nuclear Warhead


The Quaker lobby, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
condemned the House of Representatives vote to fund a new nuclear
missile warhead as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act.

"We already have too many nuclear bombs to blow up our planet. We do not
need new ones," said Diane Randall, Executive Secretary for FCNL. "As
Quakers, we believe that peace is attainable by not building or
developing new bombs. True security comes from a culture of peace, not
with bombs."

Hidden deep in the $716 billion defense policy bill was a Congressional
green light and $65 million in funding requested by the Trump
administration for a new, so-called "low-yield" submarine-launched
nuclear warhead. However, this allegedly more usable, "low-yield"
nuclear warhead is still several hundred times more destructive than any
conventional weapon. It could kill tens of thousands of people in an

The Trump administration sought this unprecedented submarine-launched
long-range weapon to, in its words, "correct a perception" that the
United States would shy from nuclear use.

National security leaders from both parties, like former Secretary of
State George Shultz, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and
former Senator Richard Lugar, have labelled the proposal "dangerous,
unjustified and redundant."

"With this vote Congress is taking millions from American taxpayers so
that President Trump can command more, and supposedly more usable,
nuclear weapons," said Anthony Wier, Legislative Secretary for Nuclear
Disarmament and Pentagon Spending at FCNL. "This decision is as foolish
as it is dangerous. This new warhead will do nothing that a thousand
existing "low-yield" U.S. nuclear weapons don't already do. This could
tempt some into thinking that a nuclear war could somehow be managed."

FCNL urges Congress to reverse the rush to deploy these dangerous new
weapons and reject future Trump administration requests for still more
nuclear weapons. Also, it urges Congress to shift its focus to reining
in and eliminating all nuclear weapons.

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Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends
(Quakers), FCNL lobbies Congress and the administration for U.S.
policies that advance peace, justice, and good government.

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