Representative Schwartz Votes to Overturn BRAC Process
October 27, 2005
Washington, D.C. - Earlier today, October 27, U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz voted to overturn the recommendations of the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission.
The resolution, H.J. Res. 65, was defeated in the House 85 to 324.
Schwartz submitted the following statement into the Congressional Record concerning her vote on the resolution.
"The base realignment process is designed to provide a more efficient and effective military structure. But, BRAC 2005 failed to meet these goals and that is why I will vote against implementing the recommendations of the Department of Defense and the Base Realignment Commission.
"The base realignment recommendations fall short because they eliminate military resources and installations without producing meaningful cost-savings. And, the base realignment recommendations fall short because they call for the closure of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, a military installation that plays a vital role in our nation's security.
"At a time when we are fighting a global war on terror and facing new and very real threats, the nation must be fully prepared. This BRAC round does not live up to the original goals of the process and, therefore, it should be rejected."