For Immediate Release:
Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action, 951-217-7285 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Martin, President, Peace Action, 301-537-8244 cell, email@example.com
Peace Action: Extending Nuclear Weapons Treaty Makes Everyone Safer; What About the Exploding Nuclear Weapons Budget
Washington, D.C. — January 21, 2021 — In response to the Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of extending the New START treaty by five years, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, which helped assure Senate ratification, released the following statement:
“After years of Trump putting Americans in harm’s way by decimating international agreements, we can all breathe a bit easier now that he cannot start a nuclear war within minutes and the Biden-Harris administration will extend the New START treaty by five years. The treaty caps the number of deployed nuclear weapons between the two countries with the largest stockpiles: The United States and Russia.
“A day before tens of thousands celebrate the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in hundreds of events around the world, we all wonder will the new administration’s budget reduce Trump’s skyrocketing nuclear weapons spending at amounts that could fund several Departments of State?”
Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States’ largest grassroots peace and disarmament organization, with over 100,000 paid members and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. The public may learn more and take action at www.PeaceAction.org.