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How many billions are outdated weapons worth?

It’s the 21st century, yet we are spending more and more money on a Cold War nuclear arsenal every single year. Current plans will have the US spending almost $700 billion in the next decade on nuclear bombs. Luckily, there is an opportunity right now to start slashing away at some of those billions. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced the SANE Act (H.R. 3974), a bill that would cut $100 billion of that spending.

Today is a national call-in day on the SANE Act. The bill has 45 cosponsors already, but we need to build more support. Check the current list of cosponsors here, and if your representative is not already a cosponsor, call them right now at the Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121, and ask them to cosponsor the SANE Act to cut wasteful nuclear weapons spending. Then click here to tell me who you called and how your call went.

While domestic spending is slashed due to budget pressures, plans are in the works to spend $6.5 billion building a nuclear bomb plant in Tennessee and $84 billion replacing our entire fleet of nuclear-armed submarines. Our nuclear arsenal is shrinking as it should be—it’s wasteful to throw billions more into programs that increase our capacity to make new nuclear weapons.

I’m on Capitol Hill right now meeting with Congressional staff about this wasteful nuclear weapons spending. I need your help to keep their phones ringing to make sure they hear our message—a message that is being amplified by grassroots groups all over the country.

Please join the national call-in day and call your representative at (202) 224-3121 now. Then report back on your call and tell me who you called.

Use this message as an example, and add your own words:

“My name is [your name] and I live at [your address]. I am calling to tell [Rep. name] to cosponsor H.R. 3974, The SANE Act, to cut funding for new bomb plants and dangerous nuclear weapons.” 

Thank you for standing up for a budget that puts human needs above war and weapons.

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