The moment we are working towards is fast approaching. We are getting word that the Senate could vote in just a few weeks on a new US agreement with Russia called New START that will cut the size of both nations’ nuclear arsenals. Your senators need to be reminded that this treaty would serve as a crucial stepping stone towards a nuclear weapons free world.
From Palin to Romney, hard-right Republicans are putting nuclear security on the line to score a win against Obama. According to former Sen. Tom Daschle, the failure to ratify this treaty could trigger “nuclear anarchy” by unraveling decades of international agreements that have kept the spread of nuclear weapons in check. There is too much at stake to let partisan games stand in the way. Will you call your senators now?
Please call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202)224-3121, ask for your senators, and let them know the following:
“My name is _________ and I’m calling from ___________. I am calling to urge Senator ______ to vote to ratify the New START Treaty, and exert her/his full influence in the Senate to help assure ratification. I also urge Senator _____ to work to further reduce US weapons stockpiles and to reduce the enormous nuclear weapons budget.”
Feel free to add your personal thoughts about why limiting nuclear weapons is important to you.
This treaty needs the support of at least two-thirds of the Senate, a big challenge given Washington’s bitterly partisan climate, so we’re pulling out the stops to see it ratified. Failure to do so would undo over three decades of nuclear disarmament agreements between the United States and Russia. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in May, Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State to Presidents Nixon and Ford, said, “I recommend ratification of this treaty… this committee’s decision will affect the prospects for peace for a decade or more. It is, by definition, not a bipartisan, but a nonpartisan, challenge.”
Please call your senators today and ask them to vote Yes on the New START Treaty.
Thank you for standing up.