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Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BROOKS. I want to thank Representative Mike Turner, chairman of the Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and Representative Trent Franks, cochair of the Missile Defense Caucus, for their support of this amendment.

This amendment prohibits the administration from using funds to share the United States' classified missile defense information with Russia. It is similar to an amendment which passed with bipartisan support in the House version of the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

In light of recent statements by President Obama that he wanted ``more space'' from the Russians in regards to missile defense, and his statement that he would ``have more flexibility'' on this issue after the elections, I am concerned, Mr. Speaker, that the United States' hit-to-kill and other valuable missile defense technologies may become pawns in a political chess game of appeasement with the Russians.

Statements by Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov have increased my concern. In reference to the United States' desire to strengthen our missile defense sites in Europe, General Makarov threatened the use of military force against the United States, declaring that ``A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens.''

Mr. Chairman, if Russia's defense staff is willing to blatantly threaten the United States, why should the United States hand them the keys to technology that gives America's warfighter a decided advantage.

The danger to national security is obvious, but there is more to this picture. The Congressional Research Service estimates the United States has spent approximately $153 billion on missile defense. A vast majority, roughly 90 percent, was spent on hit-to-kill technology. It makes no sense to spend $153 billion of taxpayers' money on advanced weaponry just to give it away.

This amendment builds on a letter that had broad bipartisan support in the United States Senate and was signed by 39 senators in April 2011 expressing concern about giving the Russians sensitive missile defense data and technologies.

These Senators were concerned, as I am, that the White House must not use America's missile defense technologies as a bargaining chip in negotiations with Russia.

This amendment helps the United States lead the world in missile defense technologies, preserves investments of billions of dollars, and ensures the viability of current and future missile defense technologies.

Mr. Chairman, I yield 2 minutes to my colleague and good friend, Congressman Turner from the great State of Ohio.

The Acting CHAIR. The gentleman may yield, but not specific amounts of time.

The gentleman from Ohio is recognized.


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