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April 23, 1986

The Middle East subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged Congress to reject the Administration's $354-million proposed sale of defensive missiles to Saudi Arabia. A total of 221 House members and 63 senators have co-sponsored resolutions opposing the sale of 2,600 Sidewinder, Stinger and Harpoon missiles. Advocates say the sale is vital to protect U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf. But foes, led by California Rep. Mel Levine (D-Santa Monica), say the Saudis have shown little interest in the Mideast peace process.

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