Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today led a press conference, urging support for the INF Treaty Compliance Act (H.R. 1249) that would prevent the United States from sparking an arms race between the United States and Russia, and escalating the new Cold War. The legislation would prohibit the use of any taxpayer dollars for weapons that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, despite President Trump’s planned withdrawal.
The legislation is co-sponsored by Reps. McGovern, Omar, and Pocan, and is supported by Win Without War, Union of Concerned Scientists, Ploughshares Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Beyond the Bomb, Global Zero, and NuclearWakeUpCall.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard:
“We face a greater risk of nuclear catastrophe now than ever before in history. The threat of nuclear war is real. President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the INF Treaty heightens this threat by exacerbating the new Cold War, sparking a new arms race between the United States and Russia, and bringing us ever closer to a nuclear holocaust. President Trump’s actions make the American people and our country less safe, while wasting taxpayer dollars to pay for the new arms race and nuclear weapons — dollars that should be used to address the needs of our people and communities right here at home. My legislation will uphold the INF Treaty, prevent an escalation of the new Cold War and new arms race, and protect taxpayer dollars. Rather than scrapping the INF Treaty, we should be working to strengthen and expand it, and continue pursuing a path toward security and peace.”