Right now, Congress is debating how to proceed with funding nuclear weapons over the next year. The bill that covers funding for these programs, the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, is currently in limbo. The House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its version of the bill, but the full committee will likely never approve it and we will never see a detailed budget.
On the other hand, the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee did approve its version of the bill, allowing us to see specific budget numbers and recommendations. Even if the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill is never passed, it’s helpful to review the Senate’s funding recommendations and legislative language. As such, we have put together a fact sheet addressing our concerns about some proposed nuclear weapons programs.