Senate Chairman Promises Competing Bill to Streamline Disposal of Excess Properties
Delaware Sen. Tom Carper (D) said he plans to offer a different solution to expedite the disposal of thousands of unneeded federal properties than the approach approved by the House Tuesday that calls for creating a civilian BRAC commission to review federal properties and make recommendations for consolidations, co-locations, redevelopment or sale.
“We share the same goal of better utilizing scarce taxpayer dollars, though I prefer an approach that differs in some respects,” Carper, chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security, told the Hill newspaper.
At the same time, he applauded the House’s effort to streamline the disposal of unneeded properties while consolidating federal space. The senator did not provide any details on his legislation, but said he hopes to introduce it “in the coming weeks.”
Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) urged Senate leadership to schedule a vote on S. 1503, the companion bill to H.R. 1734 he introduced last August. Brown’s version was referred to the Environment and Public Works Committee, but has not yet received a hearing.