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Happening now the house armed services committee approving a missile defense site along the East Coast of the US.
It's a debate split along party lines and a pricey plan the Pentagon did not ask for.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin live at the Pentagon with more so why do Republicans feel this is necessary in a time when budgets are so tight.
Well essentially because they worry that they.
President is not serious about missile defense and that he may in fact cut missile defense in light of that hot Mike moment that he had with then president Russian president.
In which he said he would have more flexibility.
On missile defense after the election in November.
He has some secret -- -- plan.
And no we want to make certain that we're making of the missile defense system robust while he is the same time announcing internationally that he wants to -- it.
Republicans are asking for a hundred million dollars to do an environmental study of the East Coast for twenty missile -- sites.
This was not requested in the Pentagon's budget Republicans argue that the East Coast needs to be protected the way the West Coast is is.
Protected from potential North Korean and Iranian missiles John.
And I guess Democrats are calling this election year politics.
They are basically because they think the Republicans are simply trying to force the president in -- Vetoing the measure said that he looks weak on defense.
What Democrats point out is that North Korea and -- don't even have any Intercontinental ballistic missiles capable.
Of reaching the East Coast -- rams' longest range missile.
Can travel about 1000 miles about 5000 miles short of Washington and North Korea's longest range missile could maybe travel 18100 miles.
Also 5000 mile short of the East Coast of the United States.
Of course this is a -- in your politics.
Of course it is beating the national security -- is something the Republicans do.
Usually six months before a national and regional election.
Last night the house armed services committee pass the measure the hundred million dollars for this environmental study.
By a vote of 65 to fifteen.
It will now be included as part of that defense authorization.
Jennifer Griffin Jennifer thank you.
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