Defense Base Closure

Members of the House of Representatives debated H.J. Res. 308, a motion to disapprove the recommendations on military bases closings… read more

Members of the House of Representatives debated H.J. Res. 308, a motion to disapprove the recommendations on military bases closings determined by the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. The commission was created to investigate a list of military bases recommended for closure by the Department of Defense in April 1991. The Department of Defense announced the proposed closures as part of its plans to reduce the manpower of the U.S. armed forces 25 percent by 1996 due to a realignment of military strategy following the end of the Cold War. The House defeated the measure in a vote of 60-364. Members of Congress supporting the measure argued the closings would place undue economic hardship on the communities with bases being closed, and the commission had erred in determining the military importance of the bases slated for closure. Rep. Weldon brought a large rubber stamp prop on the House floor to support his argument against the rubber stamp process of the U.S. Navy in determining which bases should be closed. In a separate vote, the House approved H.J. Res. 313 in a vote of 411-14 mandating that the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission review base closures overseas. The Senate may consider a motion of disapproval of the recommendations, but for the recommendations to fail, a motion of disapproval must pass both houses. close

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Defense Base Closure

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Program ID:
19899-1
Category:
House Highlight
Format:
House Highlight
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 31, 1991
Last Aired:
Aug 4, 1991

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  • Jul 31, 1991 | 5:37am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 03, 1991 | 10:35pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 04, 1991 | 8:45am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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