Rep. Cole Votes Against Efforts to Stop 2005 BRAC
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole voted against a last minute effort to stop the 2005 round of base closures and realignments (BRAC) and reject the recommendations from the BRAC commission, today. The legislation disapproving of the commission's recommendations, H.J. Res. 65, failed in the House, which is essentially the last step in the process. The commission's recommendations will now be implemented.
"By rejecting this resolution the House gave its stamp of approval to continue with the 2005 round of base closures and realignments. This was the last major hurdle in the BRAC process for this round. The Pentagon will now move forward with implementing the recommendations, which is very good news for our home state," Congressman Tom Cole said. "The Pentagon and BRAC recommendations are very beneficial for Oklahoma and will yield an increase in both jobs and missions in our state."
The nation's military installations have gone through several rounds of base realignments and closures. During each round major installations from around the country were closed, but Oklahoma bases have survived.
"The fact that Oklahoma is one of the few states that has never lost a major installation says a lot about the quality of our bases in Oklahoma. And, with the 2005 BRAC round nearing completion, Oklahoma's bases will be safe for a long time to come. At this point, there is not another BRAC round even authorized by Congress," Congressman Tom Cole said.
"I want to congratulate all the people, communities and state and local officials that have worked over the years to help our bases prepare for the BRAC process. Particularly, I would like to thank the Oklahoma congressional delegation for their dedication to the bases in Oklahoma," Congressman Tom Cole said.
According to the final BRAC Commission report, Fort Sill in Lawton gained a total of 3,445 military jobs and 105 civilian jobs. They also gained an Air Defense Artillery Center and School and the Net Fires Center. Vance Air Force Base will gain a total of 99 jobs. Oklahoma will have a net gain of 3,380 jobs.