2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 5 May 2005 03:33:41 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
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

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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