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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced the reintroduction of the bicameral Hold the LYNE (Low-Yield Nuclear Explosive)Act. The legislation would prohibit the research, development, production and deployment of a low-yield nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement congratulating Elan Carr on his appointment as the United States Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia. The treaty, which was ratified in 1987, places limits on intermediate-range nuclear missile development by Russia and the U.S.
WASHINGTON – Today, Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Don Beyer (D-VA) wrote to White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney seeking the immediate revocation of Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance.
Legislation introduced by Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate on Wednesday would bar the United States from using a nuclear weapon unless attacked with one first, demonstrating growing momentum for anti-nuclear sentiments on the left in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election.
U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) reintroduced legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval.
Their bill, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019 (H.R.669/S.200), was also introduced in the 115th Congress but never made it out of committee. “First-use nuclear strike” means a nuclear weapons attack against an enemy that is conducted without the president determining that the enemy has first launched a nuclear strike against the United States or a U.S. ally.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced the Yemen Refueling Prohibition Act, which would stop the United States from providing the in-flight refueling of Saudi or Saudi-led coalition aircraft conducting missions in Yemen. The legislation comes after years of failures by both the Obama and Trump Administrations to mitigate the U.S.’s role in civilian casualties from coalition-led airstrikes.
Upon introduction, Mr. Lieu said:
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) announced the reintroduction of legislation to prevent the president from launching a nuclear first strike without congressional approval. Rep. Lieu and Sen. Markey announced the reintroduction of the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2019” (H.R.669/S.200) at a press conference today alongside nuclear arms control leaders, who urged Congress to take action to prevent nuclear war.
U.S. lawmakers and nuclear arms control leaders are set to hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss limiting the power of U.S. presidents to launch a nuclear strike.
Democratic Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Congressman Ted Lieu of California are seeking to limit the ability of "President Donald Trump or any U.S. president to launch a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress," a statement they released Tuesday said.
The statement cited the incident in 2018 when the president taunted North Korea over the size of his nuclear button.