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Shuster Continues Fight to End Wasteful Government Spending

Washington – Congressman Bill Shuster successfully introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which passed late Wednesday evening during the Armed Services Committee Markup.  This amendment continues the prohibition of MEADS funding for FY2014 and requires a report and notification to Congress on how the Army plans to utilize the current technology. 

“The MEADS missile defense program is a proven failure.  Last year I authored legislation to eliminate the funding for MEADS and was pleased when Congress passed the bill and it was signed into law by the president.  However, the Obama Administration has defied the will of Congress and continues to spend money on this wasteful program,” said Shuster.

“As someone who has consistently fought to end wasteful government spending, I am once again offering legislation to prohibit the Department of Defense from using taxpayer funds toward a program that does not provide any valuable benefit to the defense of our nation,” Shuster added. 

By prohibiting funding for the MEADS program, Shuster’s amendment will allow taxpayer dollars to be spent more efficiently on missile programs that do work such as the Patriot Missile Program. 

Background

Shuster successfully secured language in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit funding of the MEADS system.  On March 22, 2013, Senator Ayotte offered an amendment to the Senate Budget legislation that would continue Shuster’s efforts to eliminate the funding for the MEADS program.  In addition, Congressman Shuster introduced a standalone bill, H.R. 1481 in April of 2013 which would also terminate the bloated spending that the MEADS program has become and instead focus on proven missile defense programs.

The problems with MEADShave been well documented. The program, which was intended to replace the Patriot missile system, has been plagued with cost overruns of nearly $2 billion and is over 10 years behind schedule. A March 2011 Congressional Budget Office report recommended terminating MEADS in favor of continued production and upgrading of the Patriot missile system.

Earlier this year, the Obama Administration and the Department of Defense tried to circumvent the will of Congress and reestablish funding for the MEADS program.  Shuster sent a letter to the Department of Defense and took to the House floor to ensure that the program remains unfunded.  

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