REP LIEU STATEMENT ON SENATE HEARING ON PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY TO LAUNCH NUKES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on presidential authority to launch nuclear weapons.
“I applaud Senators Corker and Cardin for working together to evaluate presidential authority to use nuclear weapons. Launching a weapon that can kill millions of people instantly in a nuclear first strike is an indisputable act of war. I’ll say what I’ve been saying for some time: Only Congress has the authority to declare war.
When Senator Markey and I originally introduced bicameral legislation called the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act” in 2016, it was before we knew who would be in office after President Obama. We knew then what we know now: Congress has a moral and a constitutional obligation to consider war and what it would mean for our nation. I don’t think the Founders, in their wildest dreams, could have imagined the devastation made possible by nuclear weapons. I am confident, however, they would raise serious objections to the loophole that enables the President to launch these devastating weapons in a nuclear first strike without proper deliberation. I implore my colleagues in both chambers to support this important legislation.”