By a vote of 252 for and 159 against, the House approved an amendment that would ban space-based testing of the Administration's planned anti-missile umbrella, the Strategic Defense Initiative, during fiscal 1989. The amendment was offered as the House began weeks of debate on the nearly $300-billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 1989 (HR 4264). It prohibits "Star Wars" testing that violates a strict interpretation of the 1972 Soviet-U. S. Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Supporter John Spratt (D-S. C.) said the amendment only reinforces Administration pledges to adhere to a strict definition of the treaty during the fiscal year.
Opponent William Broomfield (R-Mich.) complained that the amendment makes no reference to "current violations of this same treaty by the Soviet Union."
Members voting yes favored the fiscal 1989 ban on space-based testing.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dreier (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Hawkins (D) x Rep. Martinez (D) x Rep. Torres (D) x