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Sponsors: Rep. W.D. Smith
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Introduced in the House on February 18, 2003
Introduced in the Senate on February 25, 2003
Adopted by the General Assembly on June 4, 2003
Summary: Congress asked to approve national missile defense system
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/18/2003 House Introduced HJ-3 2/18/2003 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-3 2/19/2003 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-7 2/20/2003 House Adopted, sent to Senate HJ-30 2/20/2003 Scrivener's error corrected 2/25/2003 Senate Introduced SJ-15 2/25/2003 Senate Referred to Committee on General SJ-15 3/11/2003 Senate Recalled from Committee on General SJ-20 6/4/2003 Senate Adopted, returned to House with concurrence SJ-110
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
March 11, 2003
S. Printed 3/11/03--S.
Read the first time February 25, 2003.
TO MEMORIALIZE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO SUPPORT AND VOTE FOR ALL EFFORTS TO BUILD AND DEPLOY A NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE.
Whereas, the 1972 Anti Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty was signed with a nation that no longer exists; and
Whereas, an increasing number of nations, including North Korea, either currently possesses the capability to launch missile attacks against the United States or are working to achieve that capability; and
Whereas, due in part because of advances in technology, the possibility that a missile bearing a weapon of mass destruction will be used against United States forces or interests is more likely today than it was throughout most of the Cold War; and
Whereas, terrorist groups, not just states, may have the means to obtain intercontinental ballistic missiles; and
Whereas, our nation still cannot proactively defend against missile attack; and
Whereas, the Cold War policy of "mutual assured destruction" assumed in arms control treaties is not sufficient to deter terrorist missile attacks; and
Whereas, defending against an attack of any kind is the government's Constitutional obligation. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, memorialize the Congress of the United States to support and vote for all efforts to build and deploy a national missile defense system as rapidly as possible.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the United States Senate, the United State House of Representatives, and to each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
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