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Senate Committee Rejects House GOP’s East Coast Missile Defense System

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Last week the House passed its version of the defense authorization bill that included a measure to establish an East Coast missile defense system — one that experts and military leaders like Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey say is unnecessary. Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of the defense authorization bill and rejected the missile defense site. The Hill reports that SASC chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) “said there’s language in the bill for the Pentagon to assess the feasibility of a site, which is far short of the House’s plan to have it operational by 2016.”

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