December 15, 1969 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE 816749 , . -- -· - - -· ----··----- · - Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President,\Vlll\
the Senator yield?
Mr. YOUNG of North Dakota. I yield.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, first
I wish to emphasize again, as I did with
the acting chairman of the committee,
the fact, as has been pointed out by the
distinguished senior Senator from North
Dakota, as well as the senior Senator
from Louisiana, that the present defense
appropriation request 'before the Senate
marks a decrease of approximately $6
billion below the Nixon budget and approximately
$8 billion below the Johnson
budget. Both budgets were submitted this
year. I think this is a good-indication of
how the administration and Congress,
working in tandem, so to speak, can bring
about sizable reductions within the Defense
Establishment without reducing in
any way the effectiveness of the defense
which is needed for the security of t his
Second, I wish to raise this question.
Is it not true thM; as far as the ABM
construction funds are concerned, approximately
$200 million was available
for use in connection with sites in North
Dakota and Montana this year?
Mr. YOUNG of North Dakota. From
previously appropriated funds.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Yes, canied over;
and the figure carried over to the fiscal
year 1970 program is $60 million or more.
Is it not true, regardless of the outcome
of this bill, that activities will begin
this winter at the Grand Forks area
and will begin this coming spring in the
Great Falls, Mont. area.
Mr. YOUNG of North Dakota. The
Senator is correct . There has been considerable
activity there already.
Mr. MANSFIELD. I just wanted to
make the record clear that the funds
affected in the pending appropriations
measure will in no way conflict with the'
Army's desire and plans to go ahead with
the work which has already been started
at the so-called pilot plants in Montana
and North DakotA. Is that correct?
Mr. YOUNG of North Dakota. The
Senator is correct. The program would
have to go on in a more limited way it
no funds were appropriated in this bill,
but for beth necessary components and
research and development for the first
stages of the program we would have to
have the funds in this bill.
Mr. MANSFIELD. In order to carry on
these programs, it is my understanding,
based on the evidence presented by
the senior Senator from North Dakota,
that in excess of $300 million is being
asked for in this year's appropriation bill.
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Mr. YOUNG of North Dakota. That 1s
Mr. MANSFIELD. I thank ~e Senator.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 49, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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