WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense appropriations package with an amendment authored by Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH) which passed the House of Representatives unanimously early this morning. The amendment prohibits funds from being used to conduct a new round of military base closures through Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC.
“The President’s request to close military bases in his budget not only affects our national security and military preparedness; but, it also greatly impacts the Granite State. For more than 200 years, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has been of vital importance to New Hampshire’s economy – creating millions of dollars in revenue, providing our military with equipment while creating thousands of civilian and military jobs. I thank my colleagues for joining together in a bipartisan fashion to place the needs of our military readiness and security above partisan politics by unanimously passing my amendment to protect important military installations, like the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.”
Every year, the President sends Congress his budget requests. This year, President Obama requested another round of BRAC beginning in FY2017. The House of Representatives considers and votes on appropriations bills to set funding for government programs and departments.
The Department of Defense appropriations bill, including the Guinta BRAC amendment, passed the House today by a vote of 278-149
To view Congressman Guinta discussing his amendment on the House floor, please click here.