President Asked to Share Nuclear Codes Responsibility

Lawmakers proposed several alternatives to protocol.

Representatives Ted Lieu and Jimmy Panetta, both of California, along with 30 other colleagues in the House, asked in a letter that President Biden “share” his unilateral ability to launch nuclear weapons. Members of Congress have raised concerns over the new president’s health, and the discussion has been brought forward due to the risks “vesting one person with this authority entails.”

In the letter dated Monday, they wrote, “While any president would presumably consult with advisors before ordering a nuclear attack, there is no requirement to do so. The military is obligated to carry out the order if they assess it is legal under the laws of war. Under the current posture of U.S. nuclear forces, that attack would happen in minutes.”

The lawmakers offered alternatives—they want the vice president and House speaker to concur on a nuclear launch order, a congressional declaration of war, or certification from the secretary of state.

Others in Congress have expressed concern, though they do not support the proposal to “share” the nuclear responsibility. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida said, “This is about more than just one man. It is about the presidency. It is about the doctrine of peace through strength that we talk a lot about… I do believe that no matter who the president is, they have to be vested in the authority to be commander-in-chief, to take care of the country.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the members of Congress concerned about the security of and access to the control of U.S. nuclear options.
  • For Congress as they discuss shared responsibility for President Biden when it comes to the nuclear codes.
  • For President Biden’s health and the concerns being expressed by some legislators and journalists.

Sources: Washington Examiner, Fox News, CNS


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