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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Defense Communities Caucus Gains Attention of House

  • May 22, 2011
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The Defense Communities Caucus, a newly formed congressional caucus dedicated to advancing issues facing communities with closed or active installations, has picked up support from throughout the House since it was formed in March.

Already, 23 members have joined the bipartisan group of House lawmakers intended to provide a unified voice for the hundreds of communities that host active and closed installations, support those communities in their efforts to assist service members and their families, and raise awareness of the unique issues and challenges facing defense communities. The caucus will serve multiple roles — promoting a dialogue on defense community issues, serving as a liaison between Congress, DOD and the private sector, and advancing legislation to strengthen defense communities.

Reps. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) are the caucus’ co-chairs. Multiple members have joined from Kansas, Oklahoma and Virginia, highlighting the importance of defense community issues in those regions. A complete list of the caucus’ membership is available on ADC’s website.

On May 10, the caucus held its inaugural event, a briefing on the benefits of community-military partnerships to installations and their hosts. The Capitol Hill briefing provided an overview of ADC’s Defense Policy Forum which was held the previous day. The 35 attendees at the event, primarily congressional staff, learned about the renewed interest among senior DOD leaders in the concept as a response to declining budgets for installation support.

Please consider asking your congressional representative to join the Defense Communities Caucus. For information on getting in touch with your congressperson, please contact Todd Herberghs, ADC Chief Operating Officer, at therberghs@defensecommunities.org.

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