Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-5) praised today's nuclear weapons announcement by the President and issued the following statement:
"The President's proposal is to get Russia to reduce its nuclear weapons from 1,550 to 1,000 in a verifiable way. That is in America's interest, and in the interest of a safer planet. We will match the Russian reductions if they comply, saving the Pentagon and the Department of Energy lots of defense dollars. Even after these nuclear reductions, we will still have plenty of nuclear capability to defeat all conceivable threats."
Cooper is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving as Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces which oversees our nation's strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs.