Dear Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Visclosky:
We write to request that you include language in the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations legislation preserving two existing policies that are critical to protecting our country's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capability. We strongly believe that maintaining this capability is vital to promoting peace and keeping our country and allies safe from current and emerging threats.
As you know, the consolidated FY 2014 appropriations legislation prohibits funding for an environmental assessment related to our ICBM force. The FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, meanwhile, instructs the Department of Defense to maintain our 450 ICBM silos in, at minimum, a warm status. These policies are vital to maintaining our comprehensive nuclear deterrence capability. Accordingly, we request that you include in the FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill the following sets of language to continue these policies:
Provided further, That none of the funds provided under this Act may be used to reduce, convert, decommission, or otherwise move to nondeployed status, or prepare to reduce, convert, decommission, or otherwise move to nondeployed status, any Minuteman III ballistic missile silo that contains a deployed missile as of January 1, 2014.
Provided further, That none of the funds provided under this Act may be used to prepare for or conduct an environmental impact study, environmental assessment, or other environmental study in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. et seq.) of intercontinental ballistic missiles or the facilities in which such missiles are located as of January 1, 2014.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
CYNTHIA LUMMIS KEVIN CRAMER STEVE DAINES
Member of Congress (WY) Member of Congress (ND) Member of Congress (MT)