Lawmakers say they oppose more base closings

  • Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 12:02 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Lawmakers say they oppose a new round of base closings in the United States and are challenging Defense Department officials to provide tangible evidence of the need to reduce the military’s number of installations.

During testimony Thursday before a House subcommittee, a Pentagon official would not say whether the Obama administration’s yet-to-be submitted budget for 2014 would include a formal request for more base closings.

But John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said the Pentagon does not want to waste money maintaining facilities that are unnecessary due to a reduction in the number of U.S. forces.

Republican Rep. Randy Wittman of Virginia says he’s yet to see any compelling proof of the need for more base closings. He’s the chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee.

Comments { }

Commenting rules: Do not post offensive, racial or violent messages. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the commenter, not www.aikenstandard.com. Click 'report abuse' for any comments that you feel should be removed from the site. However, www.aikenstandard.com is not obligated to remove any comment posted on the site. Moderators do not have the ability to edit comments. Read the terms of use.