New U.S. Base Closing Round Unlikely: Levin

A powerful U.S. senator that oversees defense spending predicts Congress will not authorize a round of domestic base closures.

“I predict it’s not going to happen,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said after a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on March 20 when asked about the possibility of lawmakers authorizing a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission.

“I don’t think there’s much support for another BRAC round here at all,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of support for looking overseas, particularly in European facilities.”

In its 2013 budget request, the Defense Department has asked Congress to authorize two rounds of BRAC.

“If it’s not in the authorization, it won’t happen,” Levin said referring to the 2013 defense authorization bill, which his committee is responsible for crafting.

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