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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

BRAC recommendations almost final

Good news for the people of Groton as it seems like the President is one step closer to finalizing the BRAC recommendations.

From the Hartford Courant
President Bush is expected to endorse most, if not all, of the base closing commission's recommendations this month, and Congress is likely to offer little resistance - but lawmakers are making it clear they want no more such panels anytime soon.

"Washington will be reluctant to put themselves through this process again," said Christopher Hellman, military analyst at Washington's Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

Bush has been signaling for weeks that he is unlikely to overturn the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's recommendations, which must be presented to him Thursday .

He will have until Sept. 23 to accept or reject them, or send the report back to the commission for revision. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is considering whether to ask for changes.