U.S. Senate urges Biden to cut spending on nuclear weapons

A group of Democratic congressmen called on U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration to reduce spending on nuclear weapons. The senators’ letter states that the fiscal year 2022 budget request fails to meet efforts to reduce the country’s reliance on such weapons.

The congressmen gratefully recalled Biden’s “decades-long efforts” to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war and reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the nation’s security policy. However, the senators expressed concern that the 2022 budget request does not reflect this policy on nuclear weapons.

“This budget calls for using $634 billion over 10 years to rebuild all of the delivery vehicles, weapons, and warheads in the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” the letter writers pointed out.

The draft budget maintains or increases spending on every nuclear weapons program proposed by former United States President Donald Trump’s administration.

“We ask that you reverse the Trump administration’s decisions to increase spending on expensive, unnecessary and very dangerous nuclear weapons,” the senators summarized.

The action team also urged the White House head to create a nuclear weapons strategy that would limit the role of such weapons in national security matters and “reduce unnecessary spending” and “lay the groundwork for implementing recent agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin on additional arms control.”

On Sept. 5, the U.S., Britain and Australia announced a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific region. It will include helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines as China’s influence in the region grows.

U.S. officials and experts said Australia does not currently have the necessary fissile material to operate a nuclear submarine, meaning that nuclear material transfers will be discussed in the next year and a half of negotiations.

In January, former United States Defense Secretary William Perry called on President-elect Joe Biden to reform the control of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Last December, the Joe Biden administration announced its intention to review the $1.2 trillion nuclear modernization program, with the expectation that it would cut funding and reduce its role in Pentagon strategy. At the time, the former official noted that there was no way to spend the aforementioned amounts on the program.