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Issue Position: BRAC

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Senator Barker has opposed BRAC and its negative effects on our community since before he was elected to the Senate. As chair of Fairfax County's Transportation Advisory Commission, he helped get the Army to reduce by half the number of people at the old Engineering Proving Ground in Springfield. Placing 18,000 jobs there would have overwhelmed local roads and necessitated as much as $2 billion in transportation improvements. Unfortunately, the Army, which did not have to be responsive to state or local elected officials, ignored the recommendations of Senator Barker and others and chose the Mark Center site, which will create huge transportation problems and will actually reduce the number of employees using transit. Senator Barker and others have supported efforts to get federal funding to help address the traffic nightmare and delay use of the Mark Center building, and he will continue to fight however he can to alleviate this major problem.

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