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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:52 am

Resolution introduced honoring Lugar's arms-control legacy

Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette

A group of U.S. senators has introduced a resolution honoring the legacy of the late Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar.

Specifically, the resolution recognizes Lugar's commitment to nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and reaffirms U.S. commitment to reducing nuclear dangers. The resolution was sponsored by Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, Todd Young, R-Indiana and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky.

"Today, as we honor the life of Sen. Richard Lugar, we also focus on carrying on his legacy with this resolution and our continued commitment to nuclear nonproliferation," Young said in a statement. "At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization's greatest threat, Sen. Lugar helped save the world."

The resolution calls for nonproliferation efforts by encouraging all parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to fully comply with the treaty, maintains support for the International Atomic Energy Agency and considers extending the New START Treaty, which will expire in February 2021. The resolution also condemns Russia's violation of the Intermediate-Range Forces Treaty.

The resolution will be introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Brad Sherman, D-California, Jim Banks, R-Indiana, Bill Foster, D-Illinois, Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, Ben Ray LujŠn, D-New Mexico and Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tennessee.

“Senator Lugar was one of the greatest statesmen of our time. His leadership on the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program and the New START Treaty led to an era of denuclearization and peace," Banks said in a statement.

"We now live in an era where these historic boundaries are tested. Russia violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and China is rapidly investing in its nuclear enterprise. If we are to keep the world safe from nuclear warfare, we must channel Sen. Lugar and ensure our adversaries comply with the nuclear standards of a more peaceful era.”

dgong@jg.net