Former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar is being honored with new legislation that looks to continue his work on denuclearization.
Indiana’s U.S. Senator Todd Young introduced the resolution in a sub-committee of the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.
Young says the resolution aims to honor Lugar’s contributions to nuclear non-proliferation by encouraging the U.S. to continue its work to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
It also looks to extend the New START Treaty which Lugar championed during his time in the Senate.
The New START Treaty, officially named the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed by Russia and the United States in 2010.
The two countries agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenal.
The announcement came just hours before Lugar’s funeral on Wednesday.
Lugar died on April 28th at the age of 87.
“At a time when nuclear proliferation was civilization’s greatest threat, Senator Lugar helped save the world. Today, our world is once again facing the threat of nuclear weapons being developed by rogue regimes in Iran and North Korea. While Indiana and our entire country lost a great leader in Senator Lugar, the safety and security of our world now falls to us and carrying on his work to ensure the world remains free of the threat posed by nuclear weapons,” said Senator Young.