Senators tell Hagel not to study ICBM cuts

“ICBM silos are as much of an enduring strategic asset as are ICBMs themselves,” the senators wrote to Hagel.

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“Our nation's 450 ICBMs, while set in fixed locations, present through their numbers an insurmountable targeting challenge for any adversary. Additional reductions below 420 would begin to simplify that challenge.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee has already included an amendment to its defense funding bill from Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank GOP defeats Schumer bid to delay tax vote MORE (D-Mont.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that blocked funding for the study.

The senators also warned the Pentagon not to use prior year funds for the study, which could be one way around Congress if it blocks funding.

The Senate’s ICBM Coalition members who signed the letter include Tester, Hoeven and Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBooker tries to find the right lane  Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges MORE (D-Mont.), Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Live coverage: Senate Republicans pass tax bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on Senate tax bill MORE (R-Wyo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's 12:30 Report Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank MORE (D-N.D.).

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