|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||5 May 2005 03:33:41 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] Congress and the BRAC process|
[Mathematics will probably work against any Congressional efforts to
legislate a halt to the current base closure process. Today, opposition
is widespread because most bases are "on the chopping block." However,
once the list is released, many Representatives and a number of Senators
will breathe a sigh of relief. Those whose districts and state are
impacted will intensify their opposition, but in general their relieved
colleagues will welcome the "rationality" of the process. I do expect,
however, that those who are spared will back those who are hit in
supporting base transfer strategies designed to make up for the economic
losses associated with closure. - LS]|
Lawmakers may seek to stall base closure process
By Megan Scully, Congress Daily Government Executive May 3, 2005
As the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission gets down to work Tuesday, opponents of the new round of base closings are expected to use the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to attempt to stall or upset the process, according to congressional sources.
Potential tactics to thwart the commission include repealing the section of law that authorizes the 2005 base-closing round. Lawmakers also could use the authorization bill to change or delay any base-closing steps along the way, although President Bush has threatened to veto past authorization bills to try to prevent that approach.
"It may be difficult at this point to amend the BRAC process," said a spokeswoman for House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Joel Hefley, R-Colo. In addition to a possible veto, she said, "Historically, the Senate has been supportive of BRAC."
For the entire article, see http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0505/050305cdam1.htm
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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