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Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. REHBERG. Mr. Chair, we've got to do everything we can to stop New START in its tracks.

President Obama, with the support of the Senate put the United States on a dangerous path of unilateral disarmament. New START forced the United States to reduce our nuclear arsenal, while actually allowing Russia to increase theirs.

And for Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana--home of the 341st ICBM Missile Wing--this does more than threaten our national security. For the Great Falls community, it threatens the foundation of our community and economy.

Last week, I heard from community leaders and activists in Great Falls. They made it clear that New START, and the deeper cuts it foreshadows, is a bad idea.

Today, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to protect our nuclear deterrent and derail this harmful treaty. I urge ``yes'' vote.


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