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Committee on Foreign RelationsIntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
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Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017
A bill to prohibit the conduct of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress.
Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 This bill prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. "First-use nuclear strike" means a nuclear weapons attack against an enemy that is conducted without the President determining that the enemy has first launched a nuclear strike against the United States or a U.S. ally.
No President should have the power to carry out a first strike with nuclear weapons. If such a strike can ever be justified, it must be authorized by Congress. I call on every member of Congress who is concerned about President Trump's mental stability to co-sponsor this bill. We owe this to our children and grandchildren.
There is no more certain way to hasten the destruction of humanity than to launch nuclear weapons. This decision requires the utmost deliberation and consideration. It should not be in the hands of the president alone or his military advisors. The people need the voice of reason through their elected representatives.