By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
United States Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) issued a press release Thursday announcing that President Obama has passed Rep. Brooks Missile Security Amendment into law by signing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that limits the administration’s ability to sell classified American missile technology to the Russians.
Rep. Brooks said, “The successful passage of this amendment helps ensure the Russian Federation will not be provided with American hit-to-kill or other sensitive missile defense technology, an act that could weaken U.S. defenses and endanger American lives, except under strict controls and intense Congressional oversight. Before my amendment, there was no constraint whatsoever on President Obama’s ability or desire to share our missile defense secrets with Russia.”
Rep Brook said that “the amendment also requires the Executive Branch to guarantee that classified U.S. missile defense technology given to Russia will not be proliferated. Halting such transfers is particularly important since technology shared with Russia could be passed along to third parties, such as North Korea, Iran, or other hostile foreign states. I introduced this amendment because it is vital that America safeguard the missile defense technologies that have cost American taxpayers so much and helped protect America so well.”
Rep. Brooks’ amendment increases Congressional oversight and places limits on the administration’s ability to transfer classified ballistic missile technology to the Russian Federation.
The House of Representatives passed Rep. Brooks’ amendment by a vote of 283 to 136. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sets the Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2012.
Rep. Brooks represents the 5th Congressional District. The fifth district of Alabama includes all or part of Madison, Lawrence, Morgan, Colbert, Jackson, Lauderdale, and Limestone counties.
Congressman Brooks serves on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committees. Rep. Brooks is also the Chairman of the House Army Aviation Caucus. Representative Mo Brooks is opposed in the November General election by Democratic Party candidate Charlie L. Hollie.
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