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House Of Representatives

September 16, 1993

Paying for U.S. Troops Stationed Abroad

The House rejected an amendment that would have given Japan, South Korea and Europe three years to assume the costs of U.S. troops based on their soil or lose the protection. Sponsors said more than half of U.S. military spending, including personnel costs, is for basing troops abroad. The amendment was offered to a $262.8-billion defense authorization bill (HR 2401) for fiscal 1994 that remained in debate.

Sponsor John Bryant (D-Tex.) said, "It's about time we stopped subsidizing the Europeans and the Japanese and protecting them and took some of that money and started protecting the American people" in such areas as health care, crime prevention and education.

Opponent Floyd Spence (R-S.C.) said, "We keep hearing speakers mistakenly say that we are in Europe to protect Europeans. I'd like to . . . set the record straight. We are in Europe to protect our own varied interests."

The vote was 195 for and 231 against. A yes vote supported the amendment.

How They Voted:

Rep. Harman (D): Nay

Rep. Horn (R): Yea

Rep. Tucker (D): Yea

Rep. Waters (D): Yea

Funding for Ballistic Missile Defense

The House rejected an amendment to reduce ballistic missile defense (BMD) funding in fiscal 1994 from $3 billion proposed by the Armed Services Committee to $2.8 billion. The vote occurred during debate on HR 2401 (above). BMD is a new Pentagon umbrella term for the former Strategic Defense Initiative and the localized, ground-based Theater Missile Defense that includes weapons such as the Patriot.

Sponsor Patricia Schroeder (D-Colo.) said money saved by her amendment would be put to good use in a Pentagon program that helps defense contractors adjust to a civilian economy.

Opponent H. James Saxton (R-N.J.) said, "The theater missile threat is here and now," and that the amendment would slow efforts to deal with it.

The vote was 202 for and 227 against. A yes vote was to transfer $229 million from ballistic missile defense to peacetime conversion.

How They Voted:

Rep. Harman (D): Nay

Rep. Horn (R): Nay

Rep. Tucker (D):Yea

Rep. Waters (D):Yea

Funding for D-5 Submarine Missiles

The House refused to strip HR 2401 (above) of $1.2 billion for building 295 additional D-5 missiles for Trident II nuclear-equipped submarines. The missile was developed during the Cold War and is designed to penetrate hardened targets in the former Soviet Union. Savings from this amendment were to have gone to defense conversion programs.

Sponsor Ronald V. Dellums (D-Oakland) said, "The Cold War is over. To talk about fighting nuclear war is madness. . . . This weapons system was designed to hit hard targets. The Soviet Union has exploded on its own."

Opponents said the D-5 missile and Trident II programs should be fully funded until the future stability of the former Soviet Union is assured.

The vote was 183 for and 240 against. A yes vote was to kill the D-5 missile program.

How They Voted:

Rep. Harman (D): Nay

Rep. Horn (R): Nay

Rep. Tucker (D): Yea

Rep. Waters (D): Yea

Where to Reach Them

Jane Harman, 36th District

5200 W. Century Blvd., Suite 960, Los Angeles 90045 (310) 348-8220

Civic Center, 3031 Torrance Blvd., Torrance 90503 (310) 787-0767

Steve Horn, 38th District

4010 Watson Plaza Drive, Suite 160, Lakewood 90712 (310) 425-1336

Walter R. Tucker III, 37th District

145 E. Compton Blvd., Compton 90220 (310) 884-9989

Maxine Waters, 35th District

10124 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Los Angeles 90003 (213) 757-8900

Source: Roll Call Report Syndicate

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