By: Maury Thompson

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, remains opposed to Congress authorizing another Base Closure and Realignment Commission, said Tom Flangin, a spokesman for Stefanik.

“Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to stopping any new round of Base Realignment and Closure,” Flanagin said Thursday. “In the North Country we saw first hand the devastating effects that BRAC can have on the military and local community when Plattsburgh Airt Force was closed.”

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, announced Friday he is reintroducing legislation to authorize another commission to recommend military bases that should be closed or restructured.

“We should not be wasting hard-earned taxpayer money to maintain excess infrastructure that Department of Defense has indicated it does not need,” Smith said in a press release.

Smith said U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., also support authorizing another round of BRAC.

Stefanik, in December, supported an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would prohibit any allocations in the bill from being used for another round of BRAC, Flanagin said.