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article imagePres. Obama to seek $7 billion for nuclear arsenal investment

By Andrew Moran     Jan 29, 2010 in Politics
In an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, United States Vice President Joe Biden said the Obama administration will propose a $7 billion investment in its nuclear arsenal and infrastructure.
As United States President Barack Obama is in negotiations with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev over a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which would lower the amount of nuclear weapons and Washington demanding other nations that hold nuclear weapons to disarm, the Obama administration is proposing a $7 billion investment to maintain US nuclear weapon stockpile, according to Reuters.
In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said the administration will also seek an additional $5 billion over the next five years for nuclear arsenal and investment. The $7 billion is actually $600 million more than what the Congress approved in 2009.
Biden explained that the current administration inherited a decline in support for US nuclear stockpiles and infrastructure, “Even in a time of tough budget decisions, these are investments we must make for our security. We are committed to working with Congress to ensure these budget increases are approved. For almost a decade, our laboratories and facilities have been underfunded and undervalued. The consequences of this neglect -- like the growing shortage of skilled nuclear scientists and engineers and the aging of critical facilities -- have largely escaped public notice.”
The Vice President added that the budget will be submitted on Monday and it will implement the President’s nuclear-security and strategy agenda over the next several years. Press TV reports that the President will also publish its budget for the fiscal year on Monday, which will include the budget increase for issues relating to nuclear arsenal.
Biden concluded, “No nation can secure itself by disarming unilaterally, but as long as nuclear weapons exist, all nations remain ever on the brink of destruction. As President Obama said in Prague, "We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it, we can start it."
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