House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton defended a committee vote that shot down an amendment to spend an additional $1.2 billion dollars on missile defense programs in 2010.
The 36 to 26 vote against the extra funding was part of the committee's work on the 2010 Defense Authorization bill.
"For too many years, we have not taken a balanced approach to missile defense," said Rep. Skelton. "We have spent far too much money on programs that do not protect us from the threats that truly exist."
The move comes on the same day that President Obama called North Korea "a grave threat" to the world.