For Immediate Release
Peace Action: Nearly Half a Million People to Congress: Restrict the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
WASHINGTON - In response to the delivery of nearly half a million petition signatures to Congress in support of the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, S. 200 introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and H.R. 669 introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs for Peace Action, released the following statement:
“The U.S. was founded on a system of checks and balances to protect Americans from tyranny. The use of nuclear weapons — the most destructive weapon capable of ending life as we know it — should be constrained by checks and balances as well. Thankfully, Representative Lieu and Senator Markey have introduced this legislation to prohibit the President from starting a nuclear war without a congressional declaration of war.”
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Founded in 1957, Peace Action, the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization with over 100,000 members and nearly 100 chapters in 34 states, works to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs and encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights.