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Rehberg on ICBMs: "So This is What "More Flexibility' Means'

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Location: Washington, DC

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today released the following statement after yet another report ( that President Obama is strongly considering even deeper cuts to strategic nuclear weapons than is required by New START. The President is apparently emboldened by the Senate Ratification of unilateral cuts to the U.S. nuclear deterrence arsenal in the New START deal. Malmstrom Air Force Base, located in Great Falls, is home to the 341st Missile Wing. Between reductions contained in the New START Treaty and much deeper cuts being formulated in President Obama's pending NPR implementation Study, Malmstrom faces a considerable risk of a reduction of its 150 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).

"Now we know what President Obama was promising Russian President Vladimir Putin when he told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev he'd have "more flexibility' after the election. When the Senate rubber stamped his unilateral arms reductions in New START, the President saw it as open season on our nuclear deterrence capabilities. This strategy is bad for national security, bad for the Air Force, bad for Montana and bad for the community of Great Falls. It's time for Congress to start fulfilling its Constitutional role as a check and balance to President Obama's harmful agenda."

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