Congress can restore the commitment to nuclear modernization basic to New START and avoid some of the schedule delays that the military regards as risky.

American_Flag_Curve_SmallThe following op-ed is written by Senator Jon Kyl, Senator Bob Corker and Senator Kelly Ayotte.

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request to modernize our nation’s aging nuclear weapons and laboratories falls about $370 million short of what the Senate deemed necessary when it supported the 2010 New START treaty.

In explaining this, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Thomas D’Agostino, told Congress, “the reality I have to deal with is the appropriation I received from Congress last December, … which reduced our budget by over $400 million.”

This perceived lack of congression-al support led the administration to delay, from two years to seven years, refurbishing our aging nuclear weapons and building a critical plutonium handling facility.

But Congress can alter this “reality.” It can restore the commitment to nuclear modernization basic to New START and avoid some of the schedule delays that the military regards as risky.

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Source: Senator Jon Kyl, Senator Bob Corker and Senator Kelly Ayotte | Politico