Lawmakers File Anti-MEADS Legislation

Four House lawmakers have sponsored legislation that would claw back hundreds of millions of dollars that the Defense Department plans to assign to the Medium Extended Air Defense System, Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) announced on Thursday.

The Pentagon has said it would use about $380 million in this budget year to close out its commitment to the battlefield missile defense system being developed with Italy and Germany. Defense leaders, though, have acknowledged they have no intention of buying MEADS units when they are manufactured.

While the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill bans funding for the project, the Obama administration says that law was essentially superseded by a congressionally approved continuing budget resolution that keeps the federal government operating through Sept. 30.

The bill from Shuster and Representatives Michael Turner (R-Ohio), Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) and Mike Coffman (R-Ohio) would require that the MEADS money be directed instead to other missile defense efforts.

"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," Turner said in a press release.

April 11, 2013
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Four House lawmakers have sponsored legislation that would claw back hundreds of millions of dollars that the Defense Department plans to assign to the Medium Extended Air Defense System, Representative Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) announced on Thursday.

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