Take the Nuclear Football out of Trump's Hands!

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In the past several weeks President Trump has been threatening to use force and nuclear weapons against North Korea. A bill has been drafted that would restrict first use of nuclear weapons. Call to ask that our senators and representatives co-sign a bill drafted by Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif) that "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."

From www.foreignpolicy.com: “Over the course of her campaign against President Trump, Hillary Clinton repeatedly warned that ‘A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.'" 

Scripts:

House of Representatives:

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip code]. I am calling to encourage Representative [name] to co-sponsor H.R. 669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu. The legislation would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. I believe that this is a basic issue of Constitutional checks and balances on Executive powers.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal:

DC - 202-225-3106

Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith:

DC - 202-225-8901

Renton - 425-793-5180

Senate:

My name is [name] calling from [city, zip code].  I am calling to encourage Senator [name] to co-sponsor S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced by Sen. Edward Markey. The legislation would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress. I believe that this is a basic issue of Constitutional checks and balances on Executive powers.

Senator Maria Cantwell:

DC - 202-224-3441

Seattle - 206-220-6400

Senator Patty Murray:

DC - 202-224-2621

Seattle - 206-553-5545

 

Background information:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/200

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/24/senator-and-congressman-introduce-restricting-first-use-of-nuclear-weapons-act-trump/

Many thanks to Lilly Adams at Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility for suggesting this action.

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