U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, released the following statement today in response to
President Trump's comments on Wednesday, that his “first order as President
was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal” and that “it is now far
stronger and more powerful than ever before.”
“As the Ranking
Member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and a member of the
Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, both Subcommittees that are
responsible for providing funds for the maintenance and modernization of our
nuclear arsenal, I would note that actions to design, build, maintain, and
modify our nuclear weapons system take not months, but decades to implement.
President Trump is referring to his order requesting a Nuclear Posture
Review in January of 2017, it is important to note that the Department of
Defense announced the start of this review in April of 2017, with the
expectation that the final report will be given to the President by the end
of the year.
President Trump's budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 does include
additional funds for nuclear weapons activities, the appropriations
legislation to fund such activities has not yet been signed into law.
ability to keep our nation safe from nuclear threats does not depend solely
on the modernization and renovation of our nuclear arsenal. Funding for
nuclear infrastructure and nonproliferation programs, which President Trump
cut in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, has an essential role in
preventing the spread of fissile and radiological materials and stopping
nuclear weapons from being obtained by those who may wish to cause us harm.
loose and imprecise language is in stark contrast to the consummate
professionalism of the men and women of our nuclear forces, who stand watch
in defense of our country with the utmost gravity every minute of every day.
I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion with my colleagues in
Congress and on the House Appropriations Committee to make thoughtful and
discrete funding decisions on how to best modernize and improve our nuclear
weapons complex, while also working for a robust, multilateral
nonproliferation effort, to keep every resident of our country safe and