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house Bill H.R. 1249

Should Purchases of Intermediate-Range Missiles Be Prohibited?

Argument in favor

It’d be a waste of taxpayer dollars to buy more missiles to fuel a modern arms race between the U.S. and Russia. Upholding the INF Treaty’s ban on missiles keeps the door open for a renegotiation and resumption of the treaty, which would enhance global security.

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05/04/2019
I don’t trust this administration with bottle rockets let alone missles
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05/04/2019
We don’t need more weapons so that we can blow up the planet four times over instead of three times over! We have an addiction to war and weapons because it’s profitable in the end. Let’s actually ensure that we have a livable planet and focus on fixing the massive problems that we have here at home!
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Argument opposed

Russia has suspended its participation in the INF Treaty and China has a growing arsenal of missiles in that class because it never joined the treaty. As a result, it’s important for the U.S. military to be capable of buying any and all weapons that they need to deter aggression.

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05/04/2019
Not being prepared and underestimating our enemies is what got us into WW2 , we can’t make those mistakes ever again. With China now pushing into the Western Hemisphere; building bases in Africa, Central America, Panama Canal and the ever present Russia, Iran, North Korea. We can’t afford to not have the best weapons to protect ourselves, God forbid if we don’t. #MAGA
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05/04/2019
We need to keep up with the weapons we need to protect our nation so this bill is really ignorant. We need to trust our leaders to make the right choices in protecting our nation.
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05/04/2019
👎🏻House BILL H.R. 1249 AKA the “INF Treaty Compliance Act”👎🏻 We must always be vigilant of opposition “OFFENSIVE” capabilities and retain our “DEFENSIVE” capabilities, which must also include missile weapon systems. THE USA 🇺🇸- RUSSIA 🇷🇺 “INF TREATY” I’m in firm agreement that the answer to the problems that have come up, is not to abandon the INF Treaty, but to preserve and fix it. I’m in strong opposition to and defiantly do NOT recommend passage of the House BILL H.R. 1249 AKA the “INF Treaty Compliance Act of 2019’ which would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to buy weapons that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, even if the U.S. withdraws from the treaty. Russia has suspended its participation in the INF Treaty and China has a growing arsenal of missiles in that class because it never joined the treaty. As a result, it’s important for the U.S. military to be capable of buying any and all weapons that they need to deter aggression. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻🚀🚀🚀👍🏻👍🏻. 5*3*19.....
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Armed Services
      Strategic Forces
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1249?

This bill — the INF Treaty Compliance Act of 2019 — would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to buy weapons that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, even if the U.S. withdraws from the treaty.

Impact

Taxpayer dollars; weapons purchases; nuclear weapons; missiles; and the INF Treaty.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1249

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced this bill to prevent the U.S. from sparking an arms race with Russia:

“We face a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe now than ever before in history. The threat of nuclear war is real. President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the INF Treaty heightens this threat by exacerbating the new Cold War, sparking a new arms race between the United States and Russia, and bringing us ever closer to a nuclear holocaust. President Trump’s actions make the American people and our country less safe, while wasting taxpayer dollars to pay for the new arms race and nuclear weapons -- dollars that should be used to address the needs of our people and communities right here at home. My legislation will uphold the INF Treaty, prevent an escalation of the new Cold War and new arms race, and protect taxpayer dollars. Rather than scrapping the INF Treaty, we should be working to strengthen and expand it, and continue pursuing a path toward security and peace.”

Win Without War supports this bill. Its Advocacy Director, Erica Fein, says:

"The INF Treaty Compliance Act of 2019 is the exact right response to President Trump’s dangerous withdrawal from the landmark INF Treaty. Congress should not be rewarding Trump’s actions by helping him spark an arms race; it should be restraining him at every turn. When it comes to nuclear weapons, this president has shown a callous disregard for the decades of work that has been done to put the world on a safer path. We must block Trump’s desire to build new nuclear weapons, including conventional and nuclear missiles that have been prohibited for over 30 years, and pass Representative Gabbard's important bill."

Dr. Sergei Sudakov, a professor at the Russian Academy of Military Science research center in Moscow, argues that this bill has no chance of passage due to lack of lobbying support from arms manufacturers:

"Obviously, with the termination of the INF Treaty, the US military-industrial complex will receive additional orders. This doesn't mean that the Gabbard initiative is in vain, however. It's possible that the discussion of the bill will cause a public resonance which will prevent the implementation of some of the lobbyists' plans.”

Konstantin Blokhin, a fellow at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies think tank, adds that the America’sU.S.’ exit from the INF was “predestined” before Trump took office, due to the Pentagon looking for any excuse to allocate funding for the development of new missile systems banned under the treaty. Blokhin agrees that this bill has no chance, saying, “Gabbard's bill has no chance. No matter how Congress votes, Trump is against preserving this treaty. He simply won't sign it.”

The White House has yet to offer public comment on this bill. However, a number of President Trump’s advisers — most notably National Security Adviser John Bolton — have expressed their opposition to arms control agreements like the INF, as they believe they abridge U.S. sovereignty.

There are seven Democratic cosponsors of this bill. Win Without War, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ploughshares Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Beyond the Bomb, Global Zero, and NuclearWakeUpCall support this bill.


Of NoteThe INF Treaty was originally signed by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. It required the U.S. and Soviet Union to permanently eliminate all ground-launched ballistic and cruise milles with a range of 500-5,500 kilometers, effectively eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons.

Alongside the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the INF Treaty helped dramatically reduce the number of long-range Soviet and American nuclear weapons, ending the nuclear-arms race.  Together, these treaties resulted in the destruction of nearly 2,700 missiles and their launchers, and boosted the overall U.S.-Soviet relationship as the Cold War ended.

For years, the U.S. and Russia have traded accusations that the other party is violating the INF Treaty: Russia purportedly with a banned cruise missile, and the U.S. allegedly with its missile-defense systems in eastern Europe. The Obama administration and, at least initially, the Trump administration, set the goal of bringing Russia back into compliance with the INF Treaty.

However, on February 1, 2019, President Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the suspension of Washington’s obligations under the INF, effective as of February 2, 2019. In announcing the administration’s decision, Trump accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty by developing the new 9M729 missile system. He said that the U.S. would “suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing” in response to this latest violation of the INF.

In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Moscow’s suspension of the INF Treaty on February 2, 2019, and handed down instructions to refrain from initiating talks with Washington on the issue and stressed that the U.S. needed to show willingness to have an equal and substantive dialogue. In making his announcement, Putin said, “We will have to take effective countermeasures. However, Russia, as a responsible and sensible country, has no interest in a new arms race.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Alex Potemkin)

AKA

INF Treaty Compliance Act of 2019

Official Title

To prohibit the Secretary of Defense from obligating or expending funds for missiles banned by the INF Treaty.

    I don’t trust this administration with bottle rockets let alone missles
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    Not being prepared and underestimating our enemies is what got us into WW2 , we can’t make those mistakes ever again. With China now pushing into the Western Hemisphere; building bases in Africa, Central America, Panama Canal and the ever present Russia, Iran, North Korea. We can’t afford to not have the best weapons to protect ourselves, God forbid if we don’t. #MAGA
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    We don’t need more weapons so that we can blow up the planet four times over instead of three times over! We have an addiction to war and weapons because it’s profitable in the end. Let’s actually ensure that we have a livable planet and focus on fixing the massive problems that we have here at home!
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    According to historians and others far smarter than me, the United States is the most warlike nation on earth. In our entire existence we have only NOT been at war 17 years. I do not know how we have managed to retain the allies we have as we’ve been at war with all of them. Trump is now showing the world that we are not reliable partners to any country and could not remain in a treaty or keep our promises if our lives depended on it. And it does. Accumulating more weapons capable of blowing up the earth several times over, is not the best strategy for this country. We used to accumulate friends and alliances..We used to keep our word and act as if treaties meant something rather than looking for opportunities for self enrichment through the military complex. How about we try using a muscle we haven’t been able to use in this Administration-Diplomacy which doesn’t involve threats and extortion. Get back to the treaty and no more missiles.
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    We were on the right track to eliminate short term missiles before Trump and John Boom Boom Bolton came along. We say Russia violated the agreement? So now we are going to do what we accuse Russia of doing? Why don’t we put sanctions on Russia instead of restarting the Cold War?
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    We need to keep up with the weapons we need to protect our nation so this bill is really ignorant. We need to trust our leaders to make the right choices in protecting our nation.
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    Enough is enough, how many times would we need to totally destroy mankind? We have to capability do it now hundreds of times.
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    Nuclear Armageddon is not just a story. It’s a real threat and President Dfrump and how cabinet are not taken measures to protect the American people. Vote yes!
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    Allowing the sale of any of our armaments should be illegal. This whole mess has to STOP. THE SOONER, THE BETTER.
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    I do not want my taxes to pay for nukes. I do not trust anything that this administration does. They keep pushing the boundaries to see how far they can go. They have sold their souls to the devil. We are constantly being tested. When will it stop ?
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    It is vital we uphold the INF Treaty! What happened to our commitment to pursuing PEACE and Security- throughout our world? For my representatives who has tossed aside the old Republican party for the party of trump, I am paying attention and I'm saddened by the support I hear from you for trump. Allowing trump to subvert our 242-year old principles and imperil our National security and freedoms!
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    Idiot leftists
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    We must get out of the business of war mongering. Too much money is wasted in the military industrial complex, going forward every penny must be thoroughly regulated for waste.
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    👎🏻House BILL H.R. 1249 AKA the “INF Treaty Compliance Act”👎🏻 We must always be vigilant of opposition “OFFENSIVE” capabilities and retain our “DEFENSIVE” capabilities, which must also include missile weapon systems. THE USA 🇺🇸- RUSSIA 🇷🇺 “INF TREATY” I’m in firm agreement that the answer to the problems that have come up, is not to abandon the INF Treaty, but to preserve and fix it. I’m in strong opposition to and defiantly do NOT recommend passage of the House BILL H.R. 1249 AKA the “INF Treaty Compliance Act of 2019’ which would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to buy weapons that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, even if the U.S. withdraws from the treaty. Russia has suspended its participation in the INF Treaty and China has a growing arsenal of missiles in that class because it never joined the treaty. As a result, it’s important for the U.S. military to be capable of buying any and all weapons that they need to deter aggression. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻🚀🚀🚀👍🏻👍🏻. 5*3*19.....
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    Instead of spending tax payer money on frivolous schemes e.g. border walls, an Air Force One makeover, or paying for more weapons, I would like to see our elected officials use our tax money for education building improvements, increasing teacher salaries, and provide enhanced safety at our schools.
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    And so should a lot of other weapons. The US is the largest arms dealer in the world and we should rethink that position and not sell our weapons to other countries.
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    This is what taxes are for, to develop weapons of mass destruction that will ensure our safety. Not to pay for lazy democrat welfare bullshit.
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    Until Trump is removed or executed we need to stop all weapons productions we also need to change and remove from GOP power the nuclear codes
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    Instead of investing in ways to blow up the planet multiple times over let’s instead invest in making our planet livable. Also, lets invest in our communities here at home through improving infrastructure, fully funding schools, providing all citizens with basic healthcare, returning the money taken from social security, paying down the national debt, forgiving student debt, making college free, and so much more that would make average Americans’ lives better. We have enough weapons and there are so many other things we need to spend money on in order to have strong healthy communities here at home.
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