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Courtney Statement On The Senate Abandoning Discussion Of A BRAC Amendment To The NDAA

September 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, made the following statement after the Senate passed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without an amendment to establish a new base closing round:

“The Senate did the right thing by following the House’s lead this year by rejecting any discussion of a BRAC,”said Courtney. “Our region knows all too well that we must remain vigilant in defending SUBASE New London and that is what I have done since taking office, working with key stakeholders to support the base and its critical role in our nation’s defense. The language in the House version of the NDAA passed earlier this summer explicitly rejected a new base closing round, and I am glad that the Senate has followed suit. As the House and Senate work to craft a final defense bill in the weeks ahead, I will continue to be ensure rejection of BRAC.”

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Courtney helped craft the House NDAA. That measurepassed the House in July and explicitly denied the Trump administration's request for a new BRAC. Courtney has consistently opposed a new BRAC under both the Obama and Trump administrations.