Resuming nuclear tests after decades would pose safety and health risks — or, worst case scenario, start an arms race.
“The Secretaries of Defense and Energy have reported to the President that the U.S. stockpile is safe, secure, and effective in the absence of nuclear testing,” Rep. Horsford said in a press release. “Restarting nuclear testing is unnecessary and would have far-reaching consequences on Nevada’s environment and the health and safety of my constituents.”
“The decision to conduct an explosive nuclear test should not be made without congressional approval, and should never be made by a president hoping to gain political points,” Sen. Cortez Masto said in a separate press release. “The [legislation] would require Congressional approval for any future testing and ensure that the decision to conduct tests is based only on technical need or a threat to national security.