U.S. House Passes Rep. Ratcliffe’s amendment to block BRAC at RRAD
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) amendment passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today to prohibit funds from being used for an additional round of BRAC (base realignment and closure) at the Red River Army Depot.
Ratcliffe gave the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives prior to the passage of his amendment:
“Mr. Chairman, I'm grateful to once again have the opportunity to offer this important amendment which would simply prohibit any funds made available in this act from being used to propose, to plan for, or to execute a new or additional round of BRAC.”
“Mr. Chairman, I'm privileged to represent the 4th Congressional District of Texas, which is home to the Red River Army Depot. It has supported the war fighter since 1941. Although the depot community has weathered a lot of changes over the years, its commitment to mission has remained the same.”
“On the placards inside of every vehicle are the words: We build it as if our lives depend on it. Theirs do. The depot is a vital job creator in northeast Texas and it's a critical component, Mr. Chairman, of our national defense. In this fiscal environment we have to be careful stewards of taxpayer dollars and focus our limited resources on addressing critical national security objectives and our military readiness. Having another round of BRAC simply won't help us achieve this goal.”
“To that point, the Government Accountability Office said that the last round of BRAC back in 2005 cost the American taxpayers over $35 billion, which was 67 percent more than the original cost estimate. Starting another round of BRAC would weaken our capabilities while increasing our vulnerabilities in the face of critical threats facing our nation right now.
“I'd like to thank my colleagues who have supported this important amendment for the past three years and I look forward having this amendment included in the MILCON-VA appropriations bill.”
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