The Tierney Amendment would have had a negative impact on national security by severely curtailing or terminating programs that protect our country against rogue nation missile attack. Simply put, now is not the time to gut our missile defense programs by slashing the Missile Defense Agency's budget in half, given the threats posed by such countries as North Korea and Iran. Frankly, I was surprised to see that amendment offered by members of the Intelligence Committee who should be aware of the threats facing this country.