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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. BROOKS. Mr. Chair, I oppose Representative POLIS's amendment to cut Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) by $403 Million.

Russia's most senior military leader recently threatened to pre-emptively attack U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Europe should America not kowtow to Russian demands.

In light of these threats, and others from North Korea and Iran, a strong missile defense system is vital to the safety and security of America and American troops deployed overseas.

And GMD works. For example, the CE1 interceptor, used by GMD, is three for three in successful testing.

Hence, GMD is critical to America's national security. GMD must be adequately funded.

I urge rejection of the Polis Amendment that puts American cities and American lives at risk.

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