Executive Director John Tierney was quoted in The Santa Fe New Mexican about President Trump’s massive requested nuclear weapons spending increase.
“Taxpayers in 2020 should not be forced to pay for a ticket back to nuclear weapons policies of the 1980s,” John Tierney, executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said in a statement.
Pit production funding wasn’t included in the overview. Energy Department officials said a full budget proposal would become available in the coming weeks.
About $2 billion would be earmarked for activities to foster nonproliferation, an increase of 4.5 percent, or $87 million, from this year’s level, the agency said in a news release.
Tierney said he was “greatly concerned” the funding for broader efforts of diplomacy and international affairs will be cut while Trump’s proposed $740 billion defense budget beefs up weapons spending. Read more