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[H. Con. Res. 420 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
H. CON. RES. 420

 Expressing support for withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-
                    Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty.



                             June 13, 2002

   Mr. Young of Alaska (for himself, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Jeff Miller of 
Florida, Mr. Hostettler, Mr. Aderholt, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. 
Weldon of Pennsylvania, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Hyde, and Mr. Watts of Oklahoma) 
 submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to 
   the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the 
Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined 
 by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as 
        fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


                         CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

 Expressing support for withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-
                    Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty.

Whereas the Treaty between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist 
        Republics on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems, signed at 
        Moscow on May 26, 1972 (23 UST 3435), which restricts the number and 
        location of anti-ballistic missile systems in each country, is based on 
        the theory of ``mutual assured destruction''--that neither party would 
        launch a nuclear missile attack because to do so would result in both 
        mutual and total destruction;
Whereas circumstances affecting United States national security have changed 
        fundamentally since 1972: today, not only do the Russian Federation and 
        the People's Republic of China have ballistic missile arsenals that are 
        capable of reaching the United States, but so do a growing number of 
        other countries that are hostile to United States interests;
Whereas today the United States is confronted with new threats to its national 
        security, threats such as the use of weapons of mass destruction wielded 
        by terrorists and rogue nations;
Whereas numerous countries are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic 
        missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United 
        States and its allies;
Whereas the United States must defend its homeland, its armed forces, and 
        friendly and allied countries against these threats, including through 
        the development and deployment of a national missile defense system--a 
        system which would violate the terms of the ABM Treaty--and through 
        cooperation with friendly and allied countries in the development and 
        deployment of such a layered missile defense system against long-range 
        threats; and
Whereas on December 13, 2001, President G.W. Bush provided notice to the Russian 
        Federation that the United States would withdraw from the ABM Treaty 
        effective June 13, 2002, in accordance with Article XV of the Treaty: 
        Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That Congress supports the decision of the President to withdraw the 
United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty effective June 13, 
2002, in accordance with Article XV of the Treaty, and to provide for 
the establishment of a robust layered missile defense system to protect 
the United States and its allies.