Congressman Sherman Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Nonproliferation Regime
Washington, DC - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), along with Jim Banks (R-IN) and a group of eight bipartisan members, including the Chair and Ranking Member of the Asia, Pacific, and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, introduced a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
As former Chair of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over issues of nuclear nonproliferation, Sherman held a hearing in September with Assistant Secretary Ford, the relevant State Department official in charge of our efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The NPT at 50 Resolution reaffirms Congress’ support for the NPT to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to further reduce the number of nuclear weapons, as it has over the past 50 years.
“The NPT can be viewed as the most important accomplishment since World War II,” said Congressman Sherman. “As we look across the non-proliferation landscape, there’s reason for optimism as we reflect on the 50 years since the NPT went into effect. Nevertheless, today we face a number of pressing non-proliferation challenges, and it is necessary for Congress to reaffirm support for the NPT to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and acknowledge the essential role American leadership has played, and should continue to play, in promoting nuclear nonproliferation around the world.”
“I am proud to continue the legacy of the late Sen. Lugar and call for countries around the world to decrease their nuclear stockpiles,” said Congressman Jim Banks. “The NPT at 50 Resolution reaffirms the need for American leadership to effectively reduce the amount of nuclear weapons held by our adversaries and prevent the catastrophic consequences of their use.”
“As the new Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, I am pleased to be an original cosponsor of this resolution commemorating American leadership on nuclear nonproliferation and the important role the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty has played in keeping the United States safer from the threat of the spread of nuclear weapons,” said Congressman Ami Bera. “As we look forward to thinking creatively about new and emerging challenges, it’s important to maintain and strengthen the frameworks that we currently have to ensure American security.”
“The 50th anniversary of the NPT is an important landmark as we celebrate international commitments to nuclear nonproliferation and joint security efforts,” said Congressman Ted Yoho. “I look forward to the NPT celebrating many more anniversaries in the future.”
“I thank Congressman Sherman and the bipartisan group of original cosponsors for their leadership to recognize the importance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” said Congressman Pete Visclosky, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.“After 50 years, the NPT remains a critical tool to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons. We must all continue to strive to uphold and reaffirm the principles contained within the NPT in order to further reduce the risks of proliferation and keep our nation safe.”
On July 1, 1968, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was opened for signature. The treaty came into force and closed for signature on March 5, 1970 with the ratification of the three Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and the United States and 40 others.