2022 Peace Action Candidate Questionnaire
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Founded in 1957, Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze), the United States' largest peace and disarmament organization, with 200,000 supporters and nearly 100 chapters in 36 states, works to abolish nuclear weapons, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights and support nonmilitary solutions to international conflicts. Specific areas of focus and expertise include Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, nuclear disarmament, weapon sales and the Pentagon budget. Additionally, Peace Action's Peace Voter campaign endorses and contributes funds and professional staff to candidates and organizes get out the vote, voter registration and volunteer recruitment efforts.
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The Issues: Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability
Pentagon Spending
The U.S. spends more on its military than the next eleven countries combined. This year’s military spending request amounts to nearly half of the U.S. discretionary budget. Groups across the political spectrum have identified billions of dollars in reductions to the Pentagon budget that would not compromise national security. Examples include reducing overseas deployments, military bases and eliminating outmoded weapons programs like nuclear weapons and so-called missile defense.
In 2019, a broad coalition of organizations sent a letter to each presidential candidate calling for a $200 billion reduction in Pentagon spending in order to fund human needs, noting that with that reduction, "the Pentagon’s budget would remain more than enough to keep America safe at a level well above our nation’s post-World War II historical average."  Do you support cutting $200 billion from the Pentagon budget?
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If not, how much would you support cutting from the Pentagon's annual budget?
Which programs would you identify for potential reduction or elimination?
Do you support eliminating all military-grade equipment transfers from the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to police departments?
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Would you join (or form) The Defense Spending Reduction Caucus?
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Feel free to add any thoughts or further explanation.
Nuclear Weapons
Military and policy experts across the political spectrum, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Senator Sam Nunn, and former Defense Secretaries Chuck Hagel and William Perry have called on the U.S. to take steps toward a nuclear weapons-free world. A majority of the world's nations also support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. But current U.S. policy is sending America in the opposite direction. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), nuclear weapons spending is projected to cost $1.7 trillion (adjusted for inflation) over the next 30 years.
Do you support the goals and provisions of the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty?
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Would you support the Warren-Smith legislative push to adopt a No First Use (NFU) policy in which the United States declares it will never start a nuclear war by using nuclear weapons first?
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The government currently has plans to rebuild nearly every element of the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, with a price of $1.7T (adjusted for inflation) over the next 30 years. Would you support the Markey-Blumenauer Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act, which would cut costs from this program?
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Would you support the Markey-Khanna Investing in Cures Before Missiles (ICBM) Act, which challenges the need for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program — a plan to spend an estimated $264 billion replacing current ICBM land-based missiles — seeking to instead redirect that money to Covid research?
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Feel free to add any thoughts or further explanation.
Ending Endless War
Our nation has been engaged in borderless, ongoing wars for a generation. Many of our nation’s youngest adults who weren’t alive when Congress passed the 2001 war authorization are now fighting in this endless war on terror. Since 2001, U.S. wars have resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and cost taxpayers around $6.4 trillion. Yet, since 2001, deaths caused by acts of terrorism have increased dramatically. Bombs fail to address the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism.
Do you support repealing the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations of Use of Military Force (AUMFs)?
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If not, do you support revising it? In what ways?
Would you under any circumstances support a new AUMF bill in Congress that authorizes military operations without a sunset provision putting an end date on those operations as well as a clear and specific binding description of objectives, targets, and geographic scope?
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Feel free to add any thoughts or further explanation.
President Trump blatantly worked to roll back diplomatic progress through his unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, "Iran Nuclear Agreement"). The Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign took us to the brink of war with Iran on numerous occasions. Under the new administration, we have begun negotiations and have the opportunity to thaw relations.
Do you support the U.S. returning to full compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
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Feel free to add any thoughts or further explanation.
The Korean Peninsula
Diplomacy is the best and only viable option for addressing concerns over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. We need a policy of engagement that allows for step by step progress towards peace and denuclearization. We also need to pursue a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War, which can facilitate progress towards denuclearization by addressing North Korea's core security concerns.
Do you support the pursuit of a peace agreement to formally end the Korean War as a critical step towards the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, as is proposed in H.R. 3446?
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Do you support strengthening humanitarian exemptions for aid programs operating in North Korea?
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What do you believe the U.S. approach with North Korea should be?
President Biden’s announcement of an end to offensive operations in regards to Yemen was welcome after six years of U.S. support to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies. However, the humanitarian crisis still rages, with roughly 80% of Yemeni people in dire need of humanitarian aid. Nearly 16 million people currently face starvation. Yet, Saudi Arabia continues to delay much-needed aid using blockade tactics, especially around the Hodeidah Port.
Do you support the U.S. leveraging its support with the Saudis, including by reevaluating and blocking pending arms sales, to demand that Saudi Arabia immediately and unconditionally stop the use of blockade tactics?
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Feel free to add any thoughts or further explanation.
Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories
Do you support legislative efforts to continue U.S. funding for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) and other humanitarian programs in the West Bank and Gaza?
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Would you support H.R. 2590, Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, which would prohibit U.S. funding from being used to support the detention of Palestinian minors in Israel?
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Feel free to add any thoughts or further explanation.
U.S. Sanctions Policy
Several Members of Congress recently wrote to the Biden administration to raise concerns about U.S. sanctions policy especially in light of the Coronavirus crisis: “Far too often and for far too long, sanctions have been imposed as a knee-jerk reaction without a measured and considered assessment of their impacts. Sanctions are easy to put in place, but notoriously difficult to lift. And while they have demonstrably harmed civilian populations, caused authoritarian governments to further constrict civil spaces and repress civil and political rights, squeezed the ability of humanitarian organizations to provide support during crises and disasters, made basic staples such as food, medicine, and gasoline prohibitively expensive, created and fueled black market economies, and driven our rivals deeper into dependency on one another, we have historically not conducted regular assessments to determine how sanctions connect to the policy outcomes they seek to achieve so that it’s often difficult to demonstrably prove their net benefit to national interests and security.”
Given the concerns outlined above, would you support increasing Congressional oversight of sanctions policy and, if justified, waiving, or eliminating some sanctions?
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Is there anything else you would like to say about your approach to foreign policy, nuclear weapons or the Pentagon budget?
Have you made public statements, written articles or taken formal positions on any of the issues mentioned above or on other foreign policy or national security issues?
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If yes, please link or enclose a few examples.
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