MacArthur Tells White House: "No BRAC Means No BRAC"
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur denounced the White House's announcement that they would try to pursue alternative options to close military bases if Congress did not authorize a new round of the Base Realignment or Closure (BRAC) process:
"After Congress has blocked base closures on multiple occasions, this Administration is trying once again to close and cut our military assets like Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst," MacArthur said. "This political maneuvering is outrageous, and given the importance of installations like the Joint Base, we can't allow the White House to move forward."
"I will continue to do everything in my power to block these reckless and expensive base closures and protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst," MacArthur said. "I've stood up repeatedly against the BRAC process, and was successful in my fight to block base closures in a spending bill the House passed last month. Shuttering our military installations devastates local economies and harms tight-knit communities, and I won't let that happen in South Jersey."
MacArthur called upon the White House to withdraw their threat of using "alternative options" to close military bases around the country, warning that Congress would take further action to prevent these measures if necessary.
"As I said when we blocked the process last month, BRAC has been proven to cost the taxpayers more and save them less. On top of that, we're facing too many changing threats around the world, such as the growing influence of the Islamic State and an increasingly aggressive Russia," MacArthur continued. "It would be costly and shortsighted to reduce our military readiness in this way, and Congress will continue to prevent that from happening."
The Hill: White House threatens "alternative options' to close military bases
Office of Management and Budget: Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 1735
Burlington County Times: Defense bill would block base closures, early retirement of KC-10 tankers
H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
- Section 521, the MacArthur-Ratcliffe Amendment prohibiting a new round of BRAC, was added during floor debate before passing the House