U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) expressed disappointment at reports that the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday voted to provide $380 million in additional funding for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) -- despite current law stating that fiscal year 2012 funding represents the final funding for the program. During the Senate Armed Services Committee's consideration of the 2013 Defense Authorization bill earlier this year, Senator Ayotte successfully incorporated an amendment that prohibits any funding for MEADS in 2013.
"We should not be spending millions of dollars on a program that will never be delivered to our troops - especially at a time when the Pentagon faces the threat of across-the-board sequestration cuts, in addition to $487 billion in already planned reductions over the next decade," said Senator Ayotte, a member of the Armed Services Committee.
Senator Ayotte has led a bipartisan effort to oppose the President's $400.9 million budget request for MEADS for Fiscal Year 2013. In March, Senator Ayotte urged the leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee to reject the president's budget request, citing the fact that MEADS has been plagued by consistent scheduling delays, cost overruns, as well as an overall failure to meet performance requirements. The Pentagon has said it does not intend to procure the MEADS program.