Please come Friday 10:30 am if you're in DC! If not, write

Proposition One Committee (prop1@prop1.org)
Wed, 28 Jul 1999 06:09:31 -0400


Good News!  For those in the DC area, please come to the Press Conference at
the US Capitol this Friday (see below).  The occasion:  a new bill, the
"Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act."  Text is below.  Let us know
your thoughts and how you can help, wherever you are!

Ellen Thomas, Proposition One Committee - prop1@prop1.org - 202-462-0757 -
http://prop1.org

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WHAT:    PRESS CONFERENCE / Community Advisory
WHEN:    Friday, July 30, 1999, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:  Capitol Building Room HC-9 
WHO:      Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
WHY:      To introduce HR-2545, the "Nuclear Disarmament
and                                    Economic Conversion Act of 1999"
(NDECA). 
 
Speakers in support of the bill: Marcus Raskin, Institute for Policy Studies
(introduction); Mary Olsen, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS);
Bruce Hall, Peace Action; Bob Tiller, Physicians for Social Responsibility;
plus….

Congresswoman
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON
District of Columbia
For Immediate Release                                            Contact: Sean
Gralton
July 16,
1999                                                                          
(202) 2258050
                                                     Web Site:
http://www.house.gov/norton

NORTON INTRODUCES NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT BILL
SAYS NECESSARY FOR DOMESTIC NEEDS AND TO CONTAIN
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION

Washington, D.C.   Today, on the 54th anniversary of the first nuclear test at
Alamagordo, New Mexico, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DDC) introduced
the Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act of 1999 (NDECA). NDECA will
require the United States to disable and dismantle its nuclear weapons when all
other nations possessing nuclear weapons enact laws to do the same. NDECA
further provides that when our nuclear weapons are dismantled, the resources
used to support nuclear weapons programs will be diverted to our growing human
and infrastructure needs, such as housing, health care, Social Security and the
environment.  According to a Brookings Institute report, its nuclear arsenal
has cost the United States $5.8 trillion.

Norton said that with 40 million people still without health care, and the same
poverty rate as existed in the minority community 25 years ago, the time has
come to begin the transfer of nuclear weapons funds to urgent domestic needs.
In the 56year period between 1940 to 1996, nuclear weapons spending exceeded
the combined total federal spending for education, training, employment, and
social services; agriculture, natural resources and the environment; general
science, space, and technology; community and regional development (including
disaster relief); law enforcement; and energy production and regulation. On
average, the United States has spent $98 billion a year on nuclear weapons over
that time. Norton said, "Surely the time has come to significantly bring down
the average annual spending on nuclear weapons from $98 billion a year."

In addition to the economic cost of nuclear weapons, Norton said that the
weapons continue to be "a horrifically destabilizing force in world affairs,"
specifically noting the burgeoning arms race between India and Pakistan.
"Recent events on the Indian subcontinent demonstrate the urgent need for
passage of my bill," she said. "The United States and the world community
clearly must redouble their efforts to obtain commitments from India and
Pakistan to refrain from actual deployment of nuclear weapons." She said that
the U.S. would be able to dissuade other nations who aspire to become nuclear
powers if "we ourselves have been willing to take the initiative in dismantling
our own nuclear weapons program."
                                                                           
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                                              - Text of Legislation -
106th CONGRESS CONGRESS

1ST SESSION                  H.R. 2545

___________________________

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Ms. NORTON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the
 Armed Services and International Relations Committees on July 16, 1999

A BILL

To provide for nuclear disarmament and economic conversion 
     in accordance with District of Columbia Initiative Measure 
     Number 37 of 1993

1        Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
2  tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

3  SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

4        This Act may be cited as the "Nuclear Disarmament
5  and Economic Conversion Act of 1999".

6 SEC 2. REQUIREMENT FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AND
7              ECONOMIC CONVERSION.

8         The United States Government shall----
1              (1) disable and dismantle all its nuclear weap-
2       ons and refrain from replacing them at any time
3       with any weapons of! mass destruction;
4              (2) redirect resources that are currently being
5       used for nuclear weapons programs to use
6                     (A) in converting all nuclear weapons in
7                dustry employees, processes, plants, and pro-
8                   grams smoothly to constructive, ecologically
9                   beneficial peacetime activities during the 3
10                 years following the effective date of this Act,
11                and 
12                      (B) in addressing human and infrastruc-
13                ture needs such as housing, health care, edu-
14                cation, agriculture, and enviromnental restora-
15                tion;
16              (3) undertake vigorous good faith efforts to
17      eliminate war, armed conflict, and all military oper-
18      ations; and
19               (4) actively promote policies to induce all other
20      countries to join in these commitments for world
21      peace and security.
22  SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
23       This Act shall take effect when the President certifies
24  to the Congress that all foreign countries possessing nu-
25  clear weapons have established legal requirements com-
1  parable to those set forth in section 2 and those require-
2  ments have taken effect.

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