Democrats Propose Plan to Renounce Biden’s Sole Control of Nuclear Arsenal; Gives Harris, Pelosi Co-Authority to Launch Nuclear Weapons
By FOX NEWS // February 24, 2021
House Democrats: 'Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks'
A promise from the president to give up his nuclear capabilities as commander in chief could take the same power away from future presidents
(FOX NEWS) – About three dozen House Democrats have signed a letter asking President Joe Biden to renounce his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons, according to reports.
A promise from the president to give up his nuclear capabilities as commander in chief could take the same power away from future presidents.
“Vesting one person with this authority entails real risks,” the letter from Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and obtained by Politico reads.
“Past presidents have threatened to attack other countries with nuclear weapons or exhibited behavior that caused other officials to express concern about the president’s judgment,” said the letter.
Democrats offered some alternatives to sole nuclear authority, such as requiring the vice president and House speaker to agree with a launch order from the president before it is executed, according to Politico.
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