The U.S. House voted Tuesday to limit production of Bigeye binary nerve-gas weapons to 100 next year, for testing purposes only.
A compromise struck between Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Dante Fascell, D-Fla., chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, will allow the Army to use leftover 1987 money for limited production of the bombs.Full production of safer, 2-part binary chemical weapons at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Ark., will allow destruction of older, more dangerous nerve-gas stocks at Tooele Army Depot and other storage sites.
The House was debating the fiscal year 1989 military authorization bill.
Earlier the House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, directing the secretary of defense to transfer money to the Air Force to prevent the furlough of workers at Hill Air Force Base and other air materiel areas.
Hansen blamed the furloughs on Democratically initiated cuts in defense spending.
The Bigeye agreement would delay by two years production of military quantities of binary gas weapons. The House Armed Services Committee itself cut the administration's request for the weapons from $186.3 million to $1.2 million next year. The $1.2 million would finance work on a 155mm gas-filled artillery shell.