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S. 200 (115th): Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017

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A bill to prohibit the conduct of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress.

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Sponsor and status

Edward “Ed” Markey

Sponsor. Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Jan 24, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 24, 2017, 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).


13 Cosponsors (12 Democrats, 1 Independent)


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What legislators are saying

Senator Markey, and Reps. Lieu, Smith, Blumenauer, and Garamendi Introduce Bicameral Bill Banning Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons
    — Sen. Edward “Ed” Markey [D-MA] (Sponsor) on Sep 18, 2018

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), On Senator Dianne Feinstein Becoming Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 10, 2017

Is help finally at hand for suicide crisis on Americas farms?
    — Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA] on May 23, 2018

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Jan 24, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 200 (115th) 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 S. 200. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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