New Version of ‘Civilian BRAC’ Bill Raises Chances for Passage in House
Legislation approved in committee last year to create a civilian BRAC commission could receive a vote on the House floor after a controversial provision requiring the federal government to sell or swap a number of properties in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere was removed from the measure.
In October, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved H.R. 1734 after substituting the original bill with a version requiring the federal government to sell the Energy Department’s headquarters, transfer the Federal Trade Commission’s headquarters to the National Gallery of Art and sell land in Los Angeles slated to be the site of a new federal courthouse.
The forced sale or transfer of those federal properties had been expected to doom the bill’s chances in the Senate.
On Friday the House Rules Committee is scheduled to vote to limit the amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 1734, the Civilian Property Realignment Act, reports the Washington Business Journal.
H.R. 1734 would establish a framework through which an independent commission would review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations, co-locations, redevelopment, selling or other actions to minimize costs and produce savings for the taxpayer. The bill would save an estimated $15 billion, according to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Military facilities are excluded from the bill’s purview.