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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010 -- (House of Representatives - June 25, 2009)


Mr. Chairman, I rise today to speak in favor of the amendment to restore $1.2 billion in funding for missile defense.

Just yesterday, North Korea threatened to wipe the United States off the map. It is unconscionable that we would decrease funding for our missile defense system during a period where North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs and ballistic missiles pose a real and increasing threat to the United States.

In May, Iran test-fired a new two-stage, medium-range, solid fuel, surface-to-surface missile which could reach Europe, Israel, and United States forces deployed in the Persian Gulf. This $1.2 billion cut forces an unnecessary choice between protecting our homeland against longer-range missiles and protection of our forward-deployed troops and allies against shorter-range missiles. The threat will only continue to increase over the next decade as technology increases for them. We are decades behind in having a comprehensive multilayered system.

I urge my colleagues to support this amendment.


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