IN ADVANCE OF ARMED SERVICES HEARING, SHAHEEN RAISES CONCERNS OVER BASE CLOSURE RECOMMENDATIONS, NATIONAL GUARD REDUCTIONS
Shaheen To Raise Concerns Over White House Budget Directly to Secretary Hagel Tomorrow
(Washington, DC) – After the White House unveiled a budget that recommends base closures and National Guard reductions, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is voicing opposition to these proposals and announcing plans to relay her concerns directly to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tomorrow during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Tomorrow’s hearing will be the committee’s first formal opportunity to review the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Authorization request.
“I have repeatedly said that I will oppose another BRAC round which would have serious consequences for our shipyard, our workers, and our economy in New Hampshire,” said Senator Shaheen, Chair of the Subcommittee responsible for all Department of Defense installations. “Maintaining our National Guard and military infrastructure in New Hampshire is critical to our national security. I will continue to use my position as Chair of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness to fight any efforts to advance another round of BRAC at this time and protect our National Guard.”
“I plan to raise these issues with Secretary Hagel directly tomorrow,” added Shaheen.
Shaheen has been a staunch opponent of additional BRAC rounds. Last year, as Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, she and Ranking Member U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) rejected the Administration’s request for another round of BRAC.