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Cramer Statement on President Obama’s Plan to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

Jun 19, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s plans to reduce the United States’ nuclear weapons in coordination with Russia. Obama announced in Berlin, Germany this morning he plans to reduce the current number of strategic nuclear weapons in the United States by one-third, a cut below the levels agreed to in the New START Treaty, and alluded to further cuts in tactical nuclear weapons. Last week, Cramer co-introduced a successful amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the Department of Defense to maintain all 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) silos in a warm status.

"This announcement fulfills the promise President Obama made to disarm our country while caught on microphone speaking to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. It is exactly why I offered an amendment to protect our nuclear program last week, and I am grateful it passed the full House of Representatives. It is imperative for the Senate to follow suit. I am alarmed the President is negotiating nuclear disarmament exclusively with Russia, at the same time increasingly unstable and untrusted countries including China, Iran, North Korea, and Pakistan are maintaining, expanding, or modernizing their nuclear arsenals,” said Cramer.

Cramer was a featured speaker yesterday at a meeting of the Dakota Defense Alliance in Washington. He serves on the Missile Defense Caucus.