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S. 3480 (117th): A bill to prohibit the use of funds to reduce the nuclear forces of the United States.

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In 2022, turns out there’s still one nuclear option that Republicans support.


The U.S. possessed 3,750 nuclear warheads as of September 2020, the most recent public accounting according to the State Department. That’s down about 88 percent from the historical peak in 1967, and was also down slightly from the start of Donald Trump’s presidency as well.

Every few years, the Defense Department conducts a Nuclear Posture Review. The resulting report details the status of the U.S. nuclear weapons armament, such as the total number and the weapons’ condition, plus recommendations for the future.

The last such review was the Donald Trump administration’s report in 2018. The Joe Biden administration began conducting its own review in June 2021, with an expected release in early 2022 …

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John Hoeven

Sponsor. Senator for North Dakota. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2022
Length: 6 pages
Jan 11, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 11, 2022, 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).



Jan 11, 2022

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

S. 3480 (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 S. 3480. 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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