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Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

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Mr. SHUSTER. Thank you, Chairman Rogers, and I do want to engage in a quick colloquy on the Medium Extended Air Defense System, known as MEADS.

As you are aware, the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision of law that prohibits funds from being obligated or expended on the MEADS program. There has been some confusion over the wording on the program in the Defense appropriations report before us. I would like to verify that it is your intent that the prohibition created in the NDAA is law and not changed or overridden by anything in this bill.

I yield to the chairman.

Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. I thank the gentleman for yielding and would confirm that the gentleman is correct. The prohibition in the NDAA is law, and nothing in this bill or report overrides or changes that fact. The language in our report was conferenced last year when the outcome of MEADS in the NDAA was not known. Chairman Young works closely with the Armed Services Committee, and it is not our intention to change or override any provision of that bill. The prohibition in the bill is the law.

Mr. SHUSTER. I thank the gentleman for making that clear.

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