|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe launching a first-use nuclear strike would constitute a major act of war and this decision should be made by the representatives of the people and not by one single person. Since the bill does not apply to retaliatory strikes and only applies to unprovoked nuclear strikes, this legislation would not impede on time sensitive situations. Nuclear strikes should be a last resort war tactic and having congressional approval on a first-use strike would help keep it that way.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that denying the president of even the possibility of launching a unilateral nuclear first strike can give our enemies leverage. A nuclear launch might be time sensitive and having congressional approval might delay the process of a time sensitive matter. National security should not be dependent on partisan politics; The President should have full authority in order for him to do his job correctly.
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars," said President Rouhani.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
“Governments around the world worry that confronting the Islamic Republic harms the cause of moderates, but these so-called moderates within the regime are still violent Islamic revolutionaries with an anti-America, anti-West agenda,” said Secretary of State Pompeo.
Many see President Trump's comments as a response to the criticism behind last week's Helsinki meeting with President Putin, while others see this as a direct attack threat to Iran. Trump supporters believe he will achieve similar results as he did with North Korea.
The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act would prohibit the President from conducting a first-use nuclear strike, unless such strike is conducted after a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. A “First-use nuclear strike” is defined as an attack using nuclear weapons against an enemy that is conducted without the President first determining that the enemy has first launched a nuclear strike against the U.S. or an ally of the U.S.
The bill states, “the framers of the Constitution understood that the monumental decision to go to war, which can result in massive death(s) and the destruction of civilized society, must be made by the representatives of the people and not by a single person.”
Sponsored by: Rep. Ted Lieu [D-CA33].
Cosponsored by: 1 Rep / 80 Dem.
Sponsored by: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 12 Dem / 1 Ind.