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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Hutchison Tries to Leverage Belt Tightening to Texas’ Advantage

  • October 31, 2011
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Several recent initiatives spearheaded by Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison could benefit her state’s military installations, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

Last month she introduced legislation that would create an eight-member commission to consider closing outdated overseas military bases. Hutchison also was part of a group of six senators who urged the congressional debt supercommittee to trim spending on overseas military construction. Both efforts could result in moving personnel stationed overseas back home.

“Texas military installations would be a logical first choice for lower-cost and superior facilities for any overseas units being redeployed stateside,” she said.

The retiring senator also added a provision to the fiscal 2012 military construction spending bill barring DOD from spending money on a permanent overseas headquarters for Africa Command. The language is intended to improve the prospects for Houston’s Ellington Field to host the headquarters, according to the story.

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