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