South Carolina Republican Supports Call for BRAC
A lone voice on Capitol Hill, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) said Tuesday he would support authorizing a new round of base closures as a logical step to curtail defense spending.
“We can’t have it both ways. We can’t say, ‘Okay we’re going to fundamentally overhaul the military but not close bases,’” the two-term senator told reporters, according to CQ Today.
In backing the administration’s intention to ask Congress for a new round of base closures, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week, Graham stands in sharp contrast to most of his fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have emphatically opposed another BRAC.
In fact, while many of his colleagues have argued that DOD should pare its overseas network of bases before considering another base closure round, Graham, who serves on the Armed Services Committee, believes the military’s overseas bases are critical to succeed in its counterterrorism campaign.
“Forward presence makes a big difference when you’re fighting a war on terror,” he said, according to CQ.