Over the next ten years Washington has slated $645 billion for spending on nuclear weapons and related programs. The Cold War ended more than twenty years ago, but funding nuclear weapon research and development is still a priority for the government at the expense of the health of our country and its citizens.
In FY2012 New York tax payers will spend $44.3 billion on Department of Defense programs, above and beyond the cost of nuclear warhead modernization programs.
We need new priorities in government spending that favor human needs and not nuclear weapons or military contractors! With different Congressional spending priorities, $44.3 billion could buy the following for New Yorkers in 2012 instead:
-Low-income health care for 17.8 million children OR
-521,527 elementary school teachers OR
-4.7 million head start slots for children OR
-VA medical care for 4.5 million military veterans OR
-587,897 police or sheriff’s patrol officers OR
-7.4 million scholarships for university students OR
-8 million students receiving Pell Grants of $5,500
Nuclear weapons are relics of the Cold War and cannot protect Americans from 21st century threats – we need to stop funding warhead modernization programs and research and development of new nuclear weapons systems and start channeling those billions of dollars to our communities where they are needed!
Tell Senators Gillibrand and Schumer to fund our communities and stop fighting the cold war.
In FY2012 taxes paid by New Yorkers will contribute $44.3 billion to the Department of Defense budget. Meanwhile, New York State faces a predicted $10 billion deficit in that same year. We need new priorities in government spending that favor human needs and not nuclear weapons or military contractors!
Nuclear weapons do not make Americans safer or more secure; they cannot protect us from terrorists and could not prevent the devastating war in Iraq or the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Senator Schumer, you are our senior Senator and your voice carries great weight in Congress. Your influence is needed to ensure federal money is spent on job-creating projects, not on nuclear weapons.
Senator Gillibrand, your seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee and its Strategic Forces Subcommittee puts you in a unique position to prevent the funding of wasteful nuclear weapon-related projects.
Wasteful programs and potential savings:
-New Nuclear-Capable Submarines: do more than delay this program - cut procurement to 8 subs and save $27 billion over ten years (or $120 billion over the life of the program)
-New Nuclear-Capable Long Range Bomber: eliminate this program, which was deemed unnecessary by OMB in 2010, and save at least $68 billion
-MOX Nuclear Fuel Program: eliminate this program and save $9.7 billion - there is no U.S. customer and separating plutonium from spent fuel increases proliferation risks
-CMRR-NF: forgo a new facility that would increase the production capacity for nuclear weapon cores at a time when the size of the strategic arsenal is decreasing, saving $5 billion.