Shelby Opposes Obama Policy Change

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby opposes the president's recent decision about U.S. missile systems in Europe.

Shelby said canceling plans for a missile defense system that would have been based in Poland and the Czech republic is misguided and dangerous.

In proposing an amendment to the 2010 defense appropriations bill, Shelby said Congress needs to know early about plans for ground-based interceptors.

"Congress and our nation must fully understand how the Missile Defense Agency will utilize this critical capability," said Shelby. "The second report asks the Missile Defense Agency to outline the acquisition strategy for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system over the next six years. North Korea and Iran will continue their ballistic missile efforts, and I believe Madame President we must be able to counter those threats."

Shelby said the Obama administration is trying to appease Russia. But the White House says new intelligence shows Iran's long-range missile capabilities are not as advanced as previously believed.

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