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H.R. 1554 (117th): Nuclear SLCM Ban Act of 2021

About the bill

Are they a useful deterrent in a dangerous world, or a hindrance to the Navy’s primary modern missions?


For decades the U.S. military maintained a ready alert of N-SLCM’s, or nuclear submarine-launched cruise missiles. After the Cold War, as international tensions eased and the threat of nuclear war declined, all N-SLCM’s were removed under President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and the program was officially retired under President Barack Obama in 2013.

The Trump administration formally called for the return of N-SLCM’s for the first time through the Defense Department’s annual Nuclear Posture Review report, due to increased international tensions with North Korea and Iran. The military brought its first N-SLCM back in 2020 with the USS Tennessee.

What the legislation does

The Nuclear SLCM Ban Act …

Sponsor and status

Joe Courtney

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Length: 5 pages
Mar 3, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 3, 2021, 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).


15 Cosponsors (15 Democrats)



Mar 3, 2021

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

H.R. 1554 (117th) 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. 1554. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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