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A Guide to the Federal Budget Process
Follow the soap-opera saga that is the Federal Budget process. And what a saga it is.
January 25, 2017
The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act – The Lieu-Markey Bill
From Erica Fein, Nuclear Weapons Policy Director, WAND
It’s just been a few days since President Trump took office, and amidst the many shameful things he’s already said and done, we find ourselves asking: Can Trump start a real war on Twitter? And worse, how many of the 140 characters will he use to start a nuclear war? The fact is, it’s almost as easy to start a nuclear war as it is to send a tweet.
Last weekend at Women’s Marches across the United States, millions of Americans marched to protect our democracy and our freedoms. WAND and other organizations marched with them to send a message: nuclear weapons take power away from the people, and the system we have in place to launch them is undemocratic.
Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA-33) and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced new legislation to address the unchecked power of the President to launch nuclear weapons. The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act [H.R. 669/S. 200] would prohibit the President from launching nuclear weapons without a declaration of war from Congress, except in response to a nuclear attack.
The fact is that no one should have the authority to launch a preemptive nuclear war without Congressional oversight. But every American president does.
The Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act would effectively prevent the President from using nuclear weapons first, without authorization from Congress. As people across the country and around the world stand waiting, fearful that a Twitterstorm might literally go nuclear, we are fighting to change the system itself.
You may be able to delete a tweet, but there are no do-overs in nuclear war.
Nuclear Weapons Policy Director
From Megan Amundson, Executive Director, WAND
November 16, 2016
These Women Are Changing America
This election cycle has certainly been one for the history books. We know that many of you were disappointed, perhaps even devastated, with the results of the presidential race.
WAND has spent more than 30 years encouraging, elevating, and enhancing women’s leadership in politics and policy. We are disappointed that such a qualified, experienced, steadfast public servant was not elected our nation’s first woman President. But the news isn’t all bad.
With your help, several women candidates for Congress and US Senate won their races and made history in their own right. Join us in congratulating them!
- Nanette Barragán (CA-44)
- Val Demings (FL-10)
- Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-Senate), who will be the first female Senator to have served in combat and the second Asian-American female Senator
- Governor Maggie Hassan (NH-Senate)
- State Senator Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), the first Indian-American woman elected to Congress
- Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to Congress
- Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-At-large), the first woman and first African-American elected to represent Delaware in Congress
- The Hon. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)
Though LuAnn Bennett (VA-10), The Hon. Emily Cain (ME-2), Angie Craig (MN-2), Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-Senate), The Hon. Deborah Ross (NC-Senate), and Anna Throne-Holst (NY-1) were defeated in their races, we thank them for their years of public service on behalf of women and working families.
Having the fortitude and courage to run for higher office makes an impact and encourages other emerging women leaders to raise their voices as well.
Thank you for all of your support this election cycle. Our work to change federal budget priorities, eliminate the dangers of nuclear weapons, and bring women to the tables of power continues, and we look forward to working with you to make our mission reality!
Courtesy: Wand National