Missouri Reacts to Base Closings
JEFFERSON CITY - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler assembled a group of Missouri members of Congress, state legislators, and military officials on Wednesday, to take a stance against eliminating Missouri military bases. Base Realignment and Closure, BRAC, was started in 2005 by Congress. The Department of Defense has requested two possible rounds of BRAC, one in 2013 and 2015. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said closures are a necessity for long-term savings.
Former National Guard member, Sen. Will Kraus, R-Jackson County, said the closures would save money due to less infrastructure, but Missouri cannot have even one of its bases close. "Everyone knows that the bases are important in Missouri. Those bases are an economic engine," said Kraus.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. said she will not let more rounds of base closures pass her subcommittee this year. McCaskill voiced strong opposition to the BRAC process for fiscal year 2013. She said, "We must learn from BRAC in 2005 the upfront costs were much higher and the savings were much lower."