Sen. Bob Corker is a proponent of fiscal responsibility in Washington and reducing the federal debt, but there’s one area in particular where he’d like to see more government spending: nuclear weapons.

Corkers Visit to Y-12 - July 2010Sen. Bob Corker is a proponent of fiscal responsibility in Washington and reducing the federal debt, but there’s one area in particular where he’d like to see more government spending: nuclear weapons. Putting additional billions of dollars into modernization of the weapons complex and the nation’s nuclear arsenal would be worth the investment, Corker said, citing some of the problems he learned about while visiting sites and doing research to prepare himself for debate on the New START Treaty.

“I’m talking on a cell phone that’s more sophisticated than the guidance systems we have on some of our nuclear weapons,” the Republican senator said today during a telephone interview. “These things were built 30, 40, 50 years ago.”

I talked with Corker a couple of times this morning, following up on issues regarding New START and funding commitments he believes are needed to make sure U.S. nuclear weapons — those that remain in the arsenal after further reductions — will work as they should.

“If every American knew what I knew,” Corker began on a couple of occasions, making reference to briefings he’d received and conditions he’d witnessed during trips to Y-12, Los Alamos and Sandia and those he’d heard about from others who’d been to Pantex. He said he had no doubt that most folks would support additional spending if they understood that the nation’s nuclear weapons could become unreliable in the near future if steps aren’t taken now.

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Source: Frank Munger’s Blog 10.5.10 | Knoxville News Sentinel