Urge Congress to Limit the President’s Power to Start a Nuclear War – Union of Concerned Scientists

Did you know that President Donald Trump—like every president for decades—has sole authority to launch a US nuclear attack? And no one—literally no one—has the authority to stop such a launch. That is unacceptable.

It’s time to change this deeply flawed system. Congress must get more involved, working to reduce nuclear risks and prevent a nuclear catastrophe.

Here’s a simple yet important step you can take. Write to your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” which would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress.

Introduced by Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), this bill can serve as a powerful vehicle to stimulate debate in Congress and get many more members of Congress speaking out and demanding changes to a system that puts civilization-ending power in the hands of one person.

Our current policies increase the risk of nuclear war in very real and dangerous ways—they need to change. The Markey-Lieu bill is a small step in the right direction that allows you—and all of us—to demand that Congress takes these dangers seriously and works hard to change a system that puts all of our lives at real risk every day.

Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!

Learn more about why no president should have absolute authority to launch nuclear weapons.

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