From FCNL-Stop U.S.-India Nuclear Arms Deal

This week the people voted to send a new Congress to Washington, changing the balance of power and electing new leadership in the House. But before that new Congress takes office in January, the old Congress will reconvene here in Washington next week for a ³lame duck² session.

We need your help to ensure that when members of Congress come back to Washington next week they don¹t use this short session to undermine nuclear non-proliferation efforts. In particular, FCNL lobbyists have learned that the Senate may try to approve the president¹s dangerous U.S.-India nuclear deal.

Senators from both major political parties support the nuclear deal with India, but FCNL is urging Congress to amend the deal to ensure that it does not undermine global non-proliferation efforts or allow India to produce more nuclear bombs. Several senators are planning to offer amendments to the U.S.- India nuclear deal (S. 3709) that would ensure that it does not undermine the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and require that India stop production of bomb-making materials.

Take Action: Help Keep the World Safer from Nuclear Weapons Urge your senators to support nonproliferation amendments to the U.S.-India nuclear deal (S. 3709) that would keep India from producing more nuclear weapons. You can use FCNL¹s website to write a letter.

Mark your calendars: Next Tuesday, November 14th, FCNL is joining with other peace groups for a national call-in day to amend the U.S. ­ India nuclear deal. Use FCNL¹s online congressional directory or call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 1-202-224-3121, ask for your senators by name, and urge them to amend the U.S.-India nuclear deal to keep India from producing more bombs. Background In June 2005, President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed a nuclear agreement that set the groundwork for the sharing of nuclear technology and fuel with India. By providing India with nuclear fuel under the agreement, the U.S. would free India¹s domestic uranium deposits for use in production of more nuclear weapons. India is a known nuclear weapons state that conducted nuclear testing most recently in 1998, and has not signed the NPT, a treaty controlling the spread of nuclear weapons and signed by 187 countries.

Before the deal can be approved, Congress must amend the Atomic Energy Act to allow the U.S. to enable nuclear cooperation with India without requiring India to sign the NPT or give up production of nuclear bomb making materials. The House has already passed legislation allowing the deal to proceed while the companion bill in the Senate has not received a vote on the floor.

The leadership in the Senate of both parties has publicly stated that it is their priority to bring up the bill in the upcoming lame duck session.

Find out more...
See a timeline of the deal What others are saying about the deal Read an article from FCNL staff on the U.S. ­ India Nuclear Deal, Loose Nukes for India (TomPaine.com)

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