Congressman Bill Shuster (PA-09) introduced H.R. 1481 to stop the wasteful mismanagement of funds and unlawful continued development funding of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program. Shuster's legislation also addresses the poor timing of decreasing the missile defense budget when the international stability remains uncertain.
"MEADS is a failure, and we can no longer afford to continue spending millions of dollars on a program that DoD has stated they have no intention of completing," said Shuster.
By law, the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act explicitly prohibits any monies to be allocated towards MEADS. Shuster's legislation enforces current law and removes any funding toward this reckless program while prohibiting the administration from once again sidestepping the intention of the law. This legislation will terminate the wasteful and unauthorized $381 million in funding for the MEADS program and reprogram the funds back into other essential missile defense programs that have proven to be effective. In a time of international instability, with hostile nations like North Korea threatening use of their missile capabilities, our national security must rely on a strong missile defense.
"With North Korea's threatened missile capabilities becoming more realistic, this language provides another sound reason to reprogram the funding toward proven missile defense programs." Shuster added.
"The Administration continues to waste millions of taxpayer dollars on a missile to nowhere. Meanwhile, countries like Iran and North Korea are working towards missiles, which would have the capability to strike our allies and the homeland. It is time that they admit that MEADS is a waste of important financial resources, which could be better utilized in defense of our nation," said Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10).
"The military is throwing taxpayer dollars at a flawed missile defense system that they have no intent on actually purchasing, let alone using. Clearly there are much more effective and efficient uses of military funding that will actually reach our soldiers and aid in their safety and success," said Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-03).
The original cosponsors of the bill include Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-OH).