Panel rejects Pentagon's request for base closings

Thursday - 5/23/2013, 1:48pm EDT

RICHARD LARDNER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another round of military base closings is going nowhere in Congress.

The Obama administration wants another round. But the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee passed a bill Thursday to block any base closings in the U.S.

Republican Robert Wittman of Virginia is the subcommittee chairman. He says there's too much uncertainty about the appropriate size of the armed forces to justify any closings.

Wittman also says the initial cost is too high in a time of fiscal austerity.

The Pentagon budget for next year seeks $2.4 billion over five years to cover the upfront expense. Military leaders say it will generate long-term savings as facilities no longer needed are closed.

Wittman says it's premature to spend money on a problem that may not exist.


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