House Adopts Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Amendment Funding $5 Million for Hawaiʻi Missile Defense
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s amendment to provide $5 million for missile defense in Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific was adopted by the House of Representatives. The amendment begins the process for a new missile defense radar in Hawaiʻi and gives the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) funding to improve the state’s missile detection capabilities. The House is expected to vote on full passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY17 (H.R.5293) tomorrow.
“North Korea’s ongoing pursuit of increased nuclear and missile capabilities are a reminder of the serious threat Hawaiʻi and the U.S. mainland face,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02). “We need to take this threat seriously and ensure our defenses stay ahead of North Korea’s rapid development. My amendment makes an important investment in improving our ability to detect missile threats in Hawaiʻi and ensures the Department of Defense moves quickly to address this threat.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard passed two amendments to the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), both of which move missile defense forward in Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific. The amendments require the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to initiate planning and design for a new ballistic missile defense (BMD) radar in Hawaiʻi, and require the MDA to brief Congress on the Agency’s immediate plan to ensure missile defense capabilities in Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific to stay ahead of the rapidly growing threat from North Korea. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s amendment that was adopted today would move $5 million dollars from another DOD program—one which the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined has excess funds—into the account for ballistic missile research and development to allow MDA to execute the requirement in the FY17 NDAA.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has continually advocated for the protection of Hawai‘i and the mainland United States from the growing threat posed by North Korea, and is a strong advocate for U.S. investment in missile defense. She has long favored strong sanctions against North Korea and was an original cosponsor of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act signed in to law on February 18, 2016.