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H.R. 1554: Nuclear SLCM Ban Act of 2021

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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)

Introduced on Mar 3, 2021

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15 Cosponsors (15 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 3, 2021

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