Van de Putte, Chair of Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Reacts to BRAC Announcement
(Austin) — It was announced today that the Defense Department is requesting approximately $2.4 billion over the next five years for another round base closures (the Base Realignment And Closure process, or BRAC) beginning in 2015, as part of the larger federal defense budget proposal. This has the potential to have a strong impact on Texas, especially San Antonio. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio and Chair of the Texas Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee, issued the following statement in response:
"My Senate Bill 1200 in the current 83rd Legislature helps the state prepare for the potential BRAC actions proposed today by expanding the eligibility for grants to help communities anticipate the severe economic impacts stemming from the closure of a military base. We in the Texas Legislature will take proactive measures help our military communities that have fortified the security of our nation. With a $150 billion direct economic impact to our state from Department of Defense expenditures, there is too much at stake to stand by and not take action.
"I urge the Legislature to provide funding for the Defense Economic Assistance Adjustment Grants awarded by the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (a division of the Governor's Office). If these closures come to fruition, we will not be able to wait for the next Legislative session."