Statement of Senator Feinstein on Report by the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States
May 07 2009
Washington, DC – The Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States this week released a report recommending a strengthened U.S. leadership role in efforts to prevent worldwide nuclear proliferation.
The Commission also recommended that the United States work with Russia to reduce both nations’ nuclear arsenals, and recommended a reduced U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons. But the Commission did not recommend ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Following is Senator Feinstein’s statement:
“The Commission believes that the United States should reclaim its leadership role in stopping the global spread of nuclear weapons. Their report calls for cuts in our arsenals, and for reduced reliance on these weapons. I agree with these findings. This is welcome news.
“But the Commission did not recommend ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. I think that’s a mistake. Ratifying this treaty should be a cornerstone of our nuclear non-proliferation efforts. We simply cannot expect to convince other nations that we are serious about closing the nuclear door if we’re unwilling to ratify this treaty.”