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senate Bill S. 200

Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

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      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017

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Title

Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to prohibit the conduct of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress.

Summary

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.
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    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.
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    Trump has shown himself to be fickle, impulsive, and lacking restraint. These are not qualities in a person who should be trusted with the power to launch nuclear weapons, which would have such vastly devastating consquences.
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    A congressional declaration of war should be required for most of the policing we are doing around the world, and even more so for a nuclear first strike!
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    I am deeply disturbed that any President, including our current one, has the sole authority to launch nuclear weapons and potentially start a civilization-ending nuclear war. This is a step in the right direction.
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    Please, please enact this law to prevent Trump from being able to start a nuclear war unilaterally. This is the MOST important bill of all of the important bills on your agenda.
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    No one person should have this power - and certainly not the current President.
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    The Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war. It is unconstitutional for one person, the president, to be able to wage a war. Congress must reclaim it’s duty.
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    Yes, the current administration's behavior drives home the need for multiple parties to agree to such drastic measures as nuclear weapons. Trump cannot be allowed to possess these powers unilaterally. Congress must be a buffer.
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    Trump is dangerous. He does not need this power.
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    The President is considered a malignant narcissist. Keep him restrained!
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    The idea that every single MoC didn't immediately sign on to this is egregious. NONE of mine have. Bilirakis/Rubio/Nelson. Time to make some contact!
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    The United States should NEVER conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless authorized by Congress.
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    100%, we need this now, more than ever.
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