Fact-Checkers: Yes, Tammy Baldwin Supported Kucinich’s ‘Department of Peace’ Fact-Checkers: Yes, Tammy Baldwin Supported Kucinich’s ‘Department of Peace’ – NTK Network

Fact-Checkers: Yes, Tammy Baldwin Supported Kucinich’s ‘Department of Peace’

According to the bill, the secretaries of state and defense would have to consult with the peace secretary "concerning nonviolent means of conflict resolution."

By NTK Staff | 05.09.2018 @2:30pm
Fact-Checkers: Yes, Tammy Baldwin Supported Kucinich’s ‘Department of Peace’

One of Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s GOP opponents, Kevin Nicholson, blasted the Wisconsin senator for cosponsoring legislation that would have established a “Department of Peace and Nonviolence.”

Fact-checkers looked into the claim and found that it is indeed true. While they argued that Baldwin has backed various defense measures in the Senate, when she was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Baldwin cosponsored the bill in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

The “Department of Peace and Nonviolence” was the brainchild of Dennis Kucinich, the fringe Democrat who bankrupted the city of Cleveland, briefly served in the House, and unsuccessfully ran for president.

In 2009, Kucinich introduced a similar measure, the Department of Peace Act. Baldwin cosponsored it and she cosponsored the 2013 version.

The 2012 Post article said that with the $10 billion-a-year Department of Peace:

A secretary of peace would sit in the president’s Cabinet and on the National Security Council. The secretary would be given a special new role in the country’s military decisions: If a conflict was about to start, the secretaries of defense and state would have to consult the Peace secretary “concerning nonviolent means of conflict resolution.”

Despite Baldwin’s backing, the bills fell short of the support needed to pass. Still, the claim passed muster with fact checkers at PolitiFact, who gave the accusation a “Mostly True” rating.

Sign Up

for NTK updates every week.


View Privacy Policy