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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008 -- (House of Representatives - May 16, 2007)


Mr. ROYCE. Madam Chairman, I serve as the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade. What this underlying bill cuts is the funding for European missile defense that would be situated in Poland, which would catch an attack from Iran in the boost phase.

Now, the reason this is important, why are we worried about Iran in this, the IAEA inspectors, if you recall, this last weekend were shocked to find that Iran had made very fast progress on enrichment of uranium needed to make a nuclear bomb. They said this made it clear that technological advances in Iran are coming on very, very fast.

The proposed missile defense deployments in Poland and the Czech Republic that this amendment supports would thus help the United States and Europe. It's supported by Poland, the Czech Republic, the U.K., and frankly to cut it right now makes no sense.

Sixteen of the last 17 tests have been successful. This Congress, again, should not weaken our missile defense, especially at a time when we found North Korea transferring this missile technology to Iran. We can see this coming. Pass this amendment.


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