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H.R. 6179 (114th): Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2016

About the bill

The United States is the only country to have used a nuclear weapon in warfare, doing so twice in 1945 against Japan. President Obama has publicly expressed his wish for a worldwide end dismantling of all nuclear weapons, signed the New START Treaty with Russia that decreased both Cold War powers’ nuclear stockpiles, and became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first nuclear bomb’s impact. In his final months in office, some speculate Obama might also create a “no first use policy.”

A new bill, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, H.R. 6179 andS. 3400, was recently introduced in Congress with the hopes of codifying that proposed change.

What the bill does

Introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) …

Sponsor and status

Ted Lieu

Sponsor. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016
Length: 3 pages
Sep 27, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 27, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Sep 27, 2016

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H.R. 6179 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6179. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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