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SENATE PANEL APPROVES BILL ON MISSILE DEFENSE

USIA CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1997

The Senate Armed Services Committee April 24 approved legislation (S.
7) mandating deployment of a nationwide anti-ballistic missile defense
by 2003. The vote was 10-8, along party lines with all committee
Democrats opposing the bill. Democrats are expected to filibuster the
legislation on the Senate floor.

The legislation would also require President Clinton to try to
negotiate with Russia changes in the 1972 ABM treaty in order to
liberalize that pact's stringent limits on anti-missile defenses for
U.S. or Russian territory.

The publication "CQ Monitor" says the Clinton administration plans to
develop a missile defense system that could be deployed by 2003 but to
defer until 1999 a decision on whether to proceed with its deployment.