Half Full:The Senate limits the MX

The Senate limits the MX

Just two months ago, Ronald Reagan won a major round in his tireless fight for the MX missile when he persuaded Congress to release $1.5 billion to step up production of the controversial weapon. But in the long-running MX battle, victory can be fleeting. Last week the Senate forced the Administration to limit deployment of the MX to 50 missiles, half the number the White House wanted. The Defense Department, which had hoped to produce 48 more missiles in fiscal 1986, agreed to 21 and ultimately settled for twelve. Said Senate Democratic Leader Robert Byrd of the Administration's compromise: "To stave...

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