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Motion to cut funding of new warhead


Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein has drafted legistlation which would cut all funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead.  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are already trying to curtail President Bush's plan for new nuclear weapons.

The Nuclear Policy and Posture Review Act 2007 has been proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and is co-sponsored by Susan Collins (R - ME), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Russell Feingold (D-WI) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA).  The proposed legislation would cut all funding for the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) from now until 2010.

Senator Feinstein said:

"It is clear to me that the Bush Adminstration is trying to reopen the nuclear door by attempting to speed research into this new warhead.  A thorough and detailed analysis of nuclear weapons policy and posture is needed before Congress can decide to move forward with this programme".

There has been opposition to the Bush administration plans to build new nuclear weapons in both houses of the US Congress.  The House of Representative has already voted to cut all funding for RRW and called for a thorough review of US nuclear weapons policy.  The Senate has voted to reduce spending on RRW and has called on the Administration to revices its nuclear posture.

It is likely that Congress will prevent any significant progress being made with RRW during the closing period of the Bush Adminstration and postpone a real decision until a new President is in post.