McKeon says BRAC request would be DOA in House
Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told a conference of the Reserve Officers Association on Wednesday that he that he would not put a request for base closures in the annual defense reauthorization budget, the Military Times reported.
When asked what he would do with such a request from the Pentagon, he replied, "Kill it," according to the Military Times. "That's going to be our approach."
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had previously told the audience that if Congress refused to allow base closures, the Defense Department would have to look for other areas to make cuts.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said that as part of the 2013 budget, the Pentagon will ask Congress for legislation that would establish a new Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission. The last round of BRAC was formed in 2005.
McKeon also asked those present to lobby senators against including the request in their version of the defense bill and vowed that if they did, he would fight it in the conference committee held to reconcile the two bills, according to the Times' report.