Letter: Support Markey-Lieu bill

Sunday, August 13, 2017
Support Markey-Lieu bill

Former senator Gordon Humphrey is correct that “the threat of nuclear war is steeply on the rise” under Donald Trump. Under current law, the president can order a massive nuclear attack without consulting anyone. Within minutes, missiles would be on the way to their targets. There is no way to stop them once launched.

But the problem isn’t just because of Donald Trump. If we survive him, any future president could start a nuclear attack due to misjudgment or personal instability. This is an assault on our democratic system and the principle that decisions regarding war and peace must be made jointly by the president and Congress.

The “Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017,” sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., would prevent the president from ordering the first use of nuclear weapons without prior congressional authorization. None of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation has yet signed on as a co-sponsor. Please call to urge them to do so. The bill numbers are S. 200 in the Senate and H.R. 669 in the House.

I would like to see nuclear weapons abolished completely. Until then, please support the Markey-Lieu bill.