REP LIEU BAN ON LOW-YIELD NUKES INCLUDED IN FY 2020 APPROPRIATIONS
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced a provision he proposed banning the production of Low-Yield nuclear weapons passed the House today as a part of an appropriations package. The provision prohibits the research, development, production and deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. So-called low-yield nuclear weapons have the potential to lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons and increase the risk of entering the U.S. into nuclear war. In 2018 and 2019, Rep. Lieu introduced and reintroduced the Hold the LYNE—or Low-Yield Nuclear Explosive—Act, which would prohibit the research, development, production and deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads for submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
“Low-yield nuclear bombs would yield horrific results. With the power to kill at least 80,000 people, these bombs could drag the U.S. and our allies into a devastating nuclear conflict. Our conventional artillery already has the power to dissuade adversaries from attacking. A low-yield bomb simply puts us at risk for all-out nuclear Armageddon. I’m grateful this provision was included in this year’s Defense appropriations bill, so we can stop low-yield nuclear weapons from creating a high-risk situation. Thank you to Rep. Visclosky for including my provision in this appropriations bill and to Chairman Smith for his support of the Hold the LYNE Act.”