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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined 24 Senate colleagues in a letter to President Trump urging him to consider the key factors that underpin the continued viability of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START). Those factors include a sustained and vigorous U.S. nuclear weapons modernization program, strict compliance by Russia with its arms control obligations, and a true balance of nuclear capabilities between parties to the treaty.

“We remain committed to funding the necessary resources for the U.S. nuclear weapons modernization program and we support the rigorous review of continued viability of the New START the Administration is undertaking. We know you agree that arms control is not an end to itself; it is but a single tool that may be used to advance U.S. national security when carefully considered,” the senators wrote.

The letter is authored by Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and is cosigned by Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Full text of the letter can be found here and below.

November 28, 2018

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500 

Dear President Trump:

As you review the future of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), we respectfully request that you consider the key factors that underpin its viability: The value of the Treaty depends on a sustained and vigorous U.S. nuclear weapons modernization program, strict compliance by Russia with its arms control obligations, and a true balance of nuclear capabilities between the parties to the Treaty.

As to the first point, the Senate declared in the New START Resolution of Ratification, “the United States is committed to proceeding with a robust stockpile stewardship program, and to maintaining and modernizing the nuclear weapons production capabilities and capacities that will ensure the safety, reliability, and performance of the United States nuclear arsenal at the New START Treaty levels.” Regrettably, the infrastructure and weapons capabilities that were pledged at the time the Senate gave its consent to the Treaty have been significantly delayed or reduced in scope. This risks further worsening of asymmetry between the Russian and U.S. nuclear weapon infrastructure capabilities. 

We believe that continued funding of the U.S. strategic modernization program, including for low-yield warhead options, as proposed in your Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), is critical in the face of dangerous international security developments since the New START was ratified.

As to the second point, the Russian Federation is in material breach of its arms control commitments, including the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by developing, producing, and deploying a ground-launched cruise missile and launcher. As your NPR highlights, Russia has been adopting “military strategies and capabilities that rely on nuclear escalation for their success.”

Third, in the New START Resolution of Ratification, the Senate called upon the President to pursue “an agreement with the Russian Federation that would address the disparity between the tactical nuclear weapons stockpiles of the Russian Federation and of the United States…in a verifiable manner.” We note with regret that despite the best efforts of successive presidential administrations, the Russian Federation has not been amenable to such an agreement.

In fact, Russia has increased the role of nuclear forces and their types and variety since 2010. Russia has even adopted an “escalate to deescalate” or “escalate to win” strategy for nuclear employment. The Russian Federation has unveiled new nuclear weapons that are not subject to limitations set forth by the New START, including a new nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered undersea autonomous torpedo. In addition to an extensive nuclear weapons modernization program including all legs of its nuclear triad, the Russian Federation “possesses significant advantages in its nuclear weapons production capacity,” as your NPR points out.

The New START does not expire until 2021. We urge you to consider the following as a part of the review of the national security interest of the United States and its allies to extend or replace the Treaty: 

  • The status of the modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons and associated infrastructure and the risk of instability created by Russia’s modernization programs;
  • The imbalance posed by Russia’s nuclear weapons capabilities that are limited by arms control with Russia and those that are not, including so-called non-strategic nuclear weapons (where Russia holds at least a ten-to-one advantage over the United States) and the systems Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled in March of this year;
  • Russia’s systemic abuse of arms control and international norms; and
  • The possibility of having to deal with more than one peer competitor at a time, which calls into question the limits on U.S. warheads.

We remain committed to funding the necessary resources for the U.S. nuclear weapons modernization program and we support the rigorous review of continued viability of the New START the Administration is undertaking. We know you agree that arms control is not an end to itself; it is but a single tool that may be used to advance U.S. national security when carefully considered.

We look forward to continuing to work with you throughout the review process.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security – along with U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, sent a letter to Marriott International President and Chief Executive Officer Arne M. Sorenson following reports that the company had identified a cybersecurity incident impacting an estimated 500 million consumers.

“Of the estimated 500 million consumers impacted by the breach, approximately 327 million of those guests reportedly had a combination of customer data, including personally identifiable information exposed, including name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preference,” the senators wrote. “Additionally, sensitive payment information like payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates were also apparently exposed, but Marriott stated that this specific information was encrypted using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128), which requires two individual components to decrypt the information.  Nevertheless, Marriott has also clarified that the company has not yet ruled out that these decryption keys were also taken as a result of the breach.”

In the letter, Sens. Thune, Wicker, and Moran question Mr. Sorenson on details related to when the breach began, what consumer information was compromised, and investigative efforts Marriott International has taken since detection. The Commerce Committee exercises jurisdiction over consumer protection and cybersecurity. 

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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MANHATTAN – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former President George H.W. Bush:

“President George H.W. Bush was a steadfast defender of freedom and liberty, from his time in the United States Navy to his many years of service in Congress, as vice president, and as our country’s 41st president. Our nation is grateful for his leadership through periods of conflict and uncertainty around the world. President Bush was a family man whose legacy of faith and service will live on. Robba and I offer our sincerest condolences to the Bush family and we pray that President Bush has been reunited with Barbara, his wife of 71 years, in Heaven.”

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies – hosted an event for students interested in STEM and space exploration with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA Astronaut Don Pettit on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Exploration Place in Wichita, Kan.

Sen. Moran-Championed Provisions Included in FY2019 Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan

Critical water supply and flood risk management projects in Kansas selected

Nov 28 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – today announced the inclusion of provisions he advocated for in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan for FY2019. These provisions include funding for the Kansas River Reservoirs and Sediment Study, and a flood protection project in Manhattan. 

“The provisions we worked for that were included in the Army Corps of Engineers’ FY2019 Work Plan are critical developments for Manhattan residents, as well as all those who depend on the 18 federal reservoirs in the Kansas River Basin,” said Sen. Moran. “These projects will help secure the long-term sustainability of our water supply across a significant portion of the state and make certain our federal reservoirs can continue to support the fast growing populations near them with flood protection. More importantly, this will help protect people in the Manhattan community for generations to come.”

Kansas River Reservoirs Flood and Sediment Study:

  • Included in the FY2019 work plan is $1.5 million to complete the Kansas River Reservoirs Flood and Sediment Study. Reservoirs in the Kansas River Basin support the most populated and rapidly growing areas of Kansas for flood protection and water supply needs. Kansas at large depends on Corps of Engineers’ lakes for roughly 60 percent of its municipal and industrial water supply needs, and projections indicate the demand will exceed the available supplies sooner than previously anticipated. This study, done in partnership by the Army Corps of Engineers and local stakeholders, will help develop a long-term plan for the basin to make certain it can be sustainable for the future. It will identify solutions to mitigate current concerns in the basin that include flooding, aging infrastructure, ecosystem degradation, water quality and dangerous summer algae blooms.

Flood Risk Management Project:

  • Also included in the work plan is the Manhattan, Kan. Flood Risk Management Project. The work plan includes $18.5 million to fully fund and fiscally close out construction for flood protection improvement to Manhattan’s levees. Sen. Moran made this authorization request in the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, and has since stressed the need for federal support of this project, especially with the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility’s (NBAF) construction and impending operations.

Additional Items to Note:

  • Sen. Moran advocated for the Kansas River Basin Study to then-Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, in a November 2016 letter.
  • Sen. Moran advocated for the Study to then-Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army, Ryan Fisher, in a December 2017 letter.
  • Sen. Moran stressed the importance of the Study in an October 2018 meeting with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, R.D. James.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement regarding his support for S.J. Res. 54, the Yemen War Powers Resolution:

“It’s Congress’s constitutional responsibility to authorize when the American military engages in war. Therefore, I will once again vote in favor of the joint resolution denying American military involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. If the resolution prevails, it should help force a diplomatic resolution on the nearly four-year-long war and reduce the humanitarian crisis where 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of death from starvation.”

Items to note:

  • On March 20, 2018, Sen. Moran was one of five Republicans who voted to proceed to consideration of S. J. Res. 54. It failed 55-44.
  • Sen. Moran also joined letters to the Administration expressing concern regarding the humanitarian impact of the siege of Hudaydah, Yemen, as well as questioning the certification of Saudi compliance with American law.
     

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security – questioned Federal Trade Commission commissioners on existing data privacy legislation, the BOTS Act, and Federal Trade Commission hearing practices during his subcommittee’s oversight hearing on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security – questioned Federal Trade Commission commissioners on data privacy and security, resource needs and federal privacy legislation during his subcommittee’s oversight hearing on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

MORAN, Kan. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) brought his 105-county Kansas Listening Tour this Congress to a close with an Allen County townhall meeting in Moran, Kan. on Monday, November 19, 2018. Since he was elected to the United States Senate in 2010, Sen. Moran’s Kansas Listening Tour has taken him to every county in Kansas every two years.

“One of the highlights of visiting every county in our state is meeting people in every corner and getting to witness the beauty that is Kansas,” said Sen. Moran. “Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve experienced ‘Kansas Kindness.’ But in almost every meeting throughout this listening tour, Kansans have also acknowledged the contentious nature of politics today, and I felt this tension during many of my Listening Tour stops.”

“From nationally syndicated townhalls in Palco and Lenexa where Kansans were debating issues for a national audience, to smaller meetings all across the state, I met Kansans in every county who both agreed and disagreed with me about the issues most important to them,” continued Sen. Moran. “However, over these 105 townhall meetings – and the 1,312 townhall meetings I’ve held throughout my time in Congress – one thing always remains the same: the Kansans I meet with care deeply about our state and the future of our nation. I want to thank the thousands of Kansans who took the time to attend my Kansas Listening Tours and share their thoughts, concerns and ideas with me this Congress. These meetings and the conversations we have during these important meetings continue to shape the work I am privileged do in Washington, D.C.”

To watch a recap of this Kansas Listening Tour and of the townhall meeting in Moran, click here.

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