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Senator Begich to DOD: No Domestic BRAC Proposals without Approval

U.S. Senator Mark Begich grilled representatives from the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of the Navy on domestic base re-alignment and closure (BRAC) during a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Thursday.   The meeting came a day after Begich introduced a Senate resolution rejecting BRAC requests with co-sponsors Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Max Baucus (D-MT).

“I told  the DOD in no uncertain terms that Congress will not stand for back-door BRACs like the one proposed at Eielson Air Force Base last year,” said Begich.  “My colleagues on the Senate Armed Services and I worked on a law to ensure that DoD is required to get approval from Congress before even proposing any significant realignments again.”    

Below is an excerpt from yesterday’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on Budget Requests for the Departments of Defense and Navy.

Sen. Begich at the Military Construction and Veterans

Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing

Click to watch the video.

An mp4 link is available here.

An mp3 audio link is available here.

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