Congressional Views on Nuclear Weapons and Waste
The Congressional Mapping Project
This project tracks the views of key senators and representatives on nuclear weapons and waste. To use this resource, select the state that you wish to view and you will be redirected to a page containing information about that states’ senators and representatives.
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The map above depicts the views of various members of congress on nuclear energy and weapons.
To start viewing, simply click on a state and you will be redirected to a page with information on that states’ congressional representation.
Nuclear Ban Treaty: Resources & More Info
THE U.N. TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
On 7 July 2017 – following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners – an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It entered into legal force on January 22nd of this year, 2021, when the first 50 nations signed and ratified it.
Prior to the treaty’s adoption, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction not subject to a comprehensive ban, despite their catastrophic, widespread and persistent humanitarian and environmental consequences. The new agreement fills a significant gap in international law.
It prohibits nations from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons, or allowing nuclear weapons to be stationed on their territory. It also prohibits them from assisting, encouraging or inducing anyone to engage in any of these activities.
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What to Look For in the U.S. Department of Energy’s FY2021 Nuclear Weapons and Cleanup Budget Request
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The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability is working against the reported $20 billion increase to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s 2021 budget. The NNSA budget, which has seen annual funding increases even as other agencies have been cut,now threatens to surge. This increase would throw good money after bad. NNSA’s longstanding structural problems, cost over-runs and delays cannot be fixed with more money.
Over sixty activists from around the United States gathered in Washington, DC for ANA’s 31st annual DC Days from May 19-22. Combining education, advocacy, networking, and fun; these activists held over 70 meetings with members of Congress and their staff, as well as the Trump administration. Our group effectively voiced our concerns about nuclear weapons, power, and waste — speaking power to power!
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