Democrats in the U.S. Congress have proposed saving $73 billion to refurbish the country’s nuclear arsenal. This was reported Monday, May 24, in a press release from Senator Edward Markey.
“Senator Edward Markey and Congressman Erd Blumenauer reintroduced today the Smarter Spending on Atoms (SANE) bill, which seeks to cancel or reduce nuclear weapons programs for the next decade and create savings of at least $73 billion,” the report says.
It notes that nearly $14 billion could be saved by reducing the number of deployed nuclear warheads from 1,500 to 1,000 and the number of missiles from 400 to 150, Democrats say.
The U.S. is going to spend about $1 trillion to improve the country’s nuclear forces, the program has been in place since 2016. Markey and Blumenauer have proposed cutting the program before, but didn’t get enough support for a vote.
The Democratic bill proposes saving $9 billion in plutonium production, $4.4 billion in eliminating the B83-1 bomb, $2.6 billion by cutting funding for one facility, and another $7.5 billion by not developing the new W-93 warhead. In addition, another $13 billion could be saved by abandoning the new nuclear warhead for air-launched cruise missiles, the report noted.
In April, Russia and the United States exchanged data on the number of missiles and nuclear warheads in their arsenals for the first time since the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START III). According to the published data, Russia increased the number of nuclear warheads by nine over the past six months.