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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON LETTER FROM FORMER NUCLEAR LAUNCH OFFICERS OPPOSING NUCLEAR FIRST STRIKE BY PRESIDENT

January 11, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Politico reported that 17 former nuclear launch officers signed a letter calling for congressional action to prevent the President from launching a nuclear first-strike unprovoked.  

“What does it tell us that 17 former nuclear launch officers want to keep first-strike authority out of the President’s hands? That we should be terrified. 

I applaud these officers for coming forward. They are telling the American people how dangerous it is that we give a President with little impulse control the power to order a nuclear first strike. Sen. Markey and I introduced the ‘Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act’ to require the President to get Congressional authorization before launching a nuclear first strike. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation before it’s too late.”

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