Quigley Encouraged by $23.7 Million Cut in Wasteful Nuclear Bomb Funding
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement regarding the $23.7 million cut to proposed spending for the B61 nuclear bomb program contained in the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The reduced funding mirrors an effort Rep. Quigley pushed during the 2014 Appropriations process last year.
“We are in the midst of a budget crisis, yet continue to waste billions of dollars each year on a nuclear arsenal designed to fight a Cold War that no longer exists. The reduced B61 funding level is an important first step to cutting an outsized nuclear budget for weapons that we will never use and which do little to keep us safe. While I would have preferred the Senate’s proposed level of $369 million, my amendment last year made it clear that wasteful nuclear spending is unacceptable, especially as we are forced to cut investments in programs that make America stronger, like infrastructure, education and research.”
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Quigley offered an amendment to the FY14 Energy & Water Appropriations Bill that would have cut $23.7 million for the B61 nuclear bomb and apply the savings toward deficit reduction. Last month Rep. Quigley called for further cuts when he urged House Appropriations Committee leadership to reduce the final funding level to $369 million, the level passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act funds the B61 program at $537 million.
Rep. Quigley is an outspoken advocate for nuclear arms reduction, working in the Appropriations Committee to cut America’s intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles (ICBMs) stockpile. He has long pushed for overhauling unlimited defense spending and is the author of Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget, a report which offers 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years.