House Republicans want $250M for missile shield

04/30/2013 | Defense News

A proposed East Coast missile shield is receiving new momentum from 16 House Republicans who want the Pentagon to spend up to $250 million on design, development and procurement for the system. The Republicans have sent a letter to Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., chairman of the House appropriations committee's defense subcommittee, telling him of the plans. The backers of the shield say threats from North Korea and Iran make the project necessary, while the White House and Democratic lawmakers say it's unneeded.

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