Rep. Garamendi's Response to CBO's Cost Estimate of Modernizing the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

Nov 1, 2017 Issues: Foreign Policy, Military and Veterans

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Davis, Fairfield, Yuba City), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimating the cost of plans to sustain and modernize the U.S. nuclear triad over 30 years:

“The CBO has confirmed what we have known for years—rebuilding the U.S. nuclear triad is a costly endeavor that the American taxpayers ultimately bear responsibility for. No one seems to have the answer as to how this $1.2 trillion program will be paid for and what programs, many of which are vital to our national security, will have to be cut.

"Given the current nuclear posture of Russia and China, there is no doubt that the U.S. must maintain a nuclear response capability. However, a careful analysis of our current capabilities would indicate that many of the programs envisioned by the Department of Defense are not necessary, are extraordinarily expensive, and create a dangerous situation in which previous multilateral safeguards will not be effective.

"We could use this $1.2 trillion to completely rebuild our nation’s ports, dams, levees, railways, and airports and still have over $500 million to spare. But instead, Congress and the Department of Defense are prepared to devote these resources to hasten a 21st-century nuclear arms race. Now that we have our first official cost estimate from the CBO, I hope we will rethink this critically important decision and consider spending these funds in a more productive manner for the American people."