Kaptur statement on release of the Department of Defense’s Nuclear Posture Review
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, which has oversight over the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Agency and a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Nuclear Posture Review released by the Department of Defense today:
“As one of the world's two nuclear superpowers, along with Russia, the United States maintains a grave responsibility to not only protect human life from catastrophic nuclear disaster but also the responsibility to move toward the elimination of nuclear weapons.
"Unfortunately, Russia has violated the terms of nuclear arms agreements as well as expanded its nuclear forces. In the face of this Russian aggression, the U.S. must maintain a strong and credible deterrent while not reigniting the nuclear arms race. We must engage diplomatically on nuclear issues.
"Any proposal to alter the composition of our nuclear arsenal will necessitate a significant increase in the defense budget or require shifting funds from vitally important programs. Just to maintain and modernize our current nuclear capability requires roughly $40 billion annually and we cannot shortchange those efforts nor the priorities of Americans here at home.
“I hope that President Trump's 2019 budget proposal reveals the missing details on the feasibility and fiscal impact of this proposed shift and I look forward to the debate as to what Congressional support is appropriate.”