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House Turns Down Proposed Limit on Low-Yield Nuclear Weapon in Draft FY 2019 NDAA

The House voted 188-226 Wednesday to reject a measure that would have limited the fiscal 2019 funding for a low-yield version of the nuclear warhead W76 for Trident II missiles aboard nuclear submarines, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Reps. Jim Garamendi (D-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced the proposal as an amendment to the lower chamber’s draft version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

The decision came after a group of former national security officials wrote a letter to Congress to decline the Trump administration’s budget request for the nuclear warhead variant W76-2.

The Defense Department released in February the Nuclear Posture Review that suggested the development of a sea-launched cruise missile and a low-yield nuclear weapon for Trident II.

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