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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

14_Lt_HS on Aug 18, 2014

Letter: Letter from Congress on nuclear material security
Source: Merkley/Feinstein letter to OMB

Press Release from Sen. Merkley's officeCiting the dangers to US national security posed by terrorists and rogue states seeking nuclear weapons, a bipartisan group of 26 senators sent a letter last week to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), calling on the President to support increased funding in the FY2016 budget to more rapidly secure and permanently dispose of nuclear and radiological materials. The letter comes in response to the President's proposals in recent years to decrease funding for nuclear material security and nonproliferation programs.

The senators indicated that unsecured nuclear material poses unacceptably high risks to the safety of Americans and argued that the rate at which nuclear and radiological materials are secured and permanently disposed of must be accelerated. The senators expressed concern that cutting funds would slow what has been a successful process of elimination and reduction of highly enriched uranium (HEU) and separated plutonium in the international community. In just the last five years, nuclear security and non-proliferation programs have proven successful in eliminating HEU and separated plutonium from 13 countries, including Ukraine.

"Reducing budgets for agencies and programs that help keep nuclear and radiological materials out of the hands of terrorists is out of sync with the high priority that the President has rightly placed on nuclear and radiological material security and signals a major retreat in the effort to lock down these materials at an accelerated rate," the senators wrote. "The recent spate of terrorism in Iraq, Pakistan, and Kenya is a harrowing reminder of the importance of ensuring that terrorist groups and rogue states cannot get their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons and materials."

In the past two fiscal years, Congress has enacted $280 million additional dollars to the President's proposed funding for core non-proliferation activities. Also see related "Topics in the News": Nuclear Energy and Weapons


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Question 15: Expand the military Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Led effort to address disposing of nuclear materials (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14_Lt_HS

Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016) 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s2wCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Martin Heinrich s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Tim Johnson s1sSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jeff Merkley s2wOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidate 
Brian Schatz s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator Appointee 
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Jon Tester s1sMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 14_Lt_HS

Lamar Alexander s1sTN Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 14_Lt_HS

Angus King s1sME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 22
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1


















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