In a speech to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce last week, Congressman Mike Rogers said local communities like Montgomery, Anniston and Phenix City / Columbus must keep up their fights to help protect their local military facilities from any new base closings effort.
Rogers said Alabama has been successful in past base closure efforts, known as BRAC, because local communities and stakeholders have worked closely with their Congressional delegation to fight for their bases and their missions.
Rogers said the coming fight is different from the last. Last night, for example, Rogers and other members of the Armed Services Committee voted for legislation that bars funds for another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). He said this is just one effort he and others are undertaking to help protect the critical missions of Alabama's military facilities, all of which serve critical roles in the readiness of our nation's warfighters, while acknowledging the military will have to do more with less in coming years.
"The Department of Defense under President Obama is incapable of budgeting," Rogers said. "Now it is botching the flexibility Congress provided it to implement mandatory cuts by insisting on furloughing mission-critical workers. While I don't think another BRAC is coming in the near future, I believe this legislation speaks to both the lack of trust in the Pentagon's slip-shod budgeting and the fact the last round of BRAC has cost taxpayers more than it saved."
Rogers said the bill, H.R. 1960, the National Defense Authorization Act, will be brought to the Floor the week of June 10th. The bill directs programs at the Department of Defense.
Rogers serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee.