CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster has introduced legislation he said would stop the wasteful mismanagement of funds while securing work for Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.
Shuster, R-Pa., opposes continued development funding of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program.
“MEADS is a failure, and we can no longer afford to continue spending millions of dollars on a program that DoD has stated they have no intention of completing,” Shuster said in a news release.
While visiting the Chambersburg depot last week, Shuster said he would prefer funding designated for MEADS instead be invested in the Patriot missiles systems developed at Letterkenny.
Shuster serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
In the release, Shuster argued the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013 “explicitly prohibits any moneys to be allocated toward MEADS.” He said his legislation, House Bill 1481, enforces current law, removes funding for MEADS and addresses the potentially poor timing of decreasing the missile defense budget when international stability remains uncertain.