SENS. LEVIN AND BINGAMAN CALL FOR
HEARINGS ON THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST
Urge Armed Services Chairman Thurmond To Show Leadership In the Wake
of India and Pakistan Testing of Nuclear Weapons
Washington--Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) in a
letter to the Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee Strom
Thurmond (R-SC) urged him, in the wake of India and Pakistan holding
nuclear tests, hold hearings over the national security implications
of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CBTB).
"The events in India and Pakistan remind us that we continue to
live in a dangerous world," Levin said. "The Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty would help make it safer, but only if the Senate approves and
the United States ratifies the Treaty. Before that can happen, the
Senate must assume its constitutional responsibilities and begin the
process of holding hearings on the Treaty as soon as possible."
"The era of nuclear testing is clearly not over. It is even more
important today than it was yesterday to send a strong message to
world leaders about the importance the United States Senate places on
the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. A Committee hearing is central to
getting the message across," Bingaman said.
The long-term ramifications of the success or failure of the CTBT
are of keen importance to the Armed Services Committee. Controlling
the spread of nuclear materials and nuclear weapons has long been a
priority of the committee. The CTBT is a key component in the effort
to reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons and to improve U.S.
national security. As such, it is both important and appropriate that
the Armed Services Committee should hold hearings on the national
security implications of the Treaty as soon as possible and prepare a
report setting forth its views. Levin is the Ranking Minority Member
of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and Bingaman is the Ranking
Minority Member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.