Congress: Money for Chemical Warfare

Money for Chemical Warfare

For the past three years, the House of Representatives resisted approving money for chemical weapons despite vigorous lobbying by the Reagan Administration. But last week, after another round of Administration arm twisting, the House authorized $124.5 million to develop shells and bombs that will use nerve gas. Said Illinois Republican John Porter, who led the opposition to the bill: "I have President Reagan's tire tracks down my back."

The two chemical components that produce nerve gas for the new weapons system would be stored in separate states; these chemicals become lethal only when combined. The House added severe restrictions to its...

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