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Daily Action: Tell Congress to Confiscate Trump's Nuclear Button

Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

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Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to encourage the Senator/Representative to co-sponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. The legislation would prohibit the President from launching a nuclear first strike without first obtaining a declaration of war from Congress. I believe that this is a basic issue of constitutional checks and balances on executive powers. And it couldn't be more important at this particular moment in history. Thank you!

The issue of nuclear “first use” is more urgent than it has been in many years, now that President Trump has the power to launch a nuclear war at a moment’s notice. His rhetorical confrontation with North Korea's Kim Jong Un this week promised "fire and fury the likes of which the world has never seen" in retaliation for mere threats toward the United States -- the kind of empty threats which the North Koreans lob on a regular basis. Trump's threat -- placed atop his long history of reacting impulsively and inappropriately to perceived slights -- makes clear the need to place more rational thinkers between this president and the nuclear button.

The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced in the House by Rep. Ted Lieu (D–Los Angeles County) and in the Senate by Sen. Edward Markey (D–Massachusetts), would require a declaration of war by Congress before a president can launch a nuclear first strike. Rep. Lieu made the following statement upon the bill's introduction:

“It is a frightening reality that the U.S. now has a Commander-in-Chief who has demonstrated ignorance of the nuclear triad, stated his desire to be ‘unpredictable’ with nuclear weapons, and as President-elect was making sweeping statements about U.S. nuclear policy over Twitter. Congress must act to preserve global stability by restricting the circumstances under which the U.S. would be the first nation to use a nuclear weapon. Our Founders created a system of checks and balances, and it is essential for that standard to be applied to the potentially civilization-ending threat of nuclear war. I am proud to introduce the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 with Sen. Markey to realign our nation’s nuclear weapons launch policy with the Constitution and work towards a safer world.”