Congressman Blumenauer Joins Colleagues in Introducing the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017”

January 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) joined Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) and seven other Democratic members to introduce H.R. 669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, legislation that would prohibit Donald Trump from conducting a first-use nuclear strike without authorization from Congress.

“Such a monumental decision that could lead to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people should NEVER be made by one person alone. This legislation is more critical now than ever with the recent election of Donald Trump — a man who time and time again has demonstrated his lack of understanding of nuclear weapons policy,” said Blumenauer. “A shift to no-first-use just makes sense. I can’t imagine a scenario where we would need to respond with the use of a nuclear weapon. Our conventional forces are some of the strongest in the world and are perfectly capable of responding to an attack. This bill is a no-brainer.”