What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : HR 3326. (Fiscal 2010 defense spending) McCain of Arizona amendment that would reduce hypersonic wind tunnel development by $9.5 million/On agreeing to the amendment
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HR 3326. (Fiscal 2010 defense spending) McCain of Arizona amendment that would reduce hypersonic wind tunnel development by $9.5 million/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 314     Oct 06, 2009
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This vote was on an amendment by John McCain, R-Ariz., that would reduce funding for the MARIAH Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Development Program by $9.5 million.  The amendment was offered to the bill that funds the Defense Department and related programs in fiscal 2010.

McCain said this particular program has not been requested by the military and that the Army has said they have no need for it. 

“Mr. President, this would strike an unrequested $9.5 million earmark for a hypersonic wind tunnel research project called MARIAH. It is up to now some $90 million has been spent; nothing to show for it,” McCain said.

Jon Tester, D-Mont., said the U.S. currently lacks the capability to adequately test hypersonic propulsion and that the MARIAH Project will fix that gap.

“Russia, China, and others are aggressively developing a new type of missile that is believed to be too fast for the U.S. missile defense. India and Russia have a joint venture engaged in laboratory testing of supersonic cruise missiles capable of speeds beyond Mach V,” Tester said.  “The fact is, folks, we need to look at the future. We need to look at what is going to happen in the next 5 or 10 years. MARIAH is about seeing a potential threat to our national defense that is on the horizon and finding a way to defeat it.”

By a vote of 43-55, the amendment was rejected.  Every Republican present voted for the amendment.  All but three Democrats present voted against the amendment.  The end result is that the measure went forward without language that would have deleted $9.5 million for the MARIAH Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Development Program.

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