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NEWS OF: 2/19/2006

Second Life for BNAS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the State of Maine a $200,000 grant to study the feasibility for potential reuse of the Brunswick Naval Air Station for civilian use.

“Federal funding for this study has been a priority for us, for Governor Baldacci, for the local redevelopment authorities in Brunswick and Topsham, and for everyone involved in planning the future of BNAS,” Senators Snowe and Collins and Representatives Allen and Michaud said. “This is great news for the entire Midcoast Area as we move forward in the effort to capitalize on redevelopment efforts at BNAS.” See Tom Allen

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NEWS OF: 10/27/2005

Why are we building new bases in Iraq while closing them in America?

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen, BRAC

“Why are we closing military installations when we are at war? Good questions! See Tom Allen’s H.J.Res. 65, a Resolution to Disapprove of the 2005 BRAC Recommendations.

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NEWS OF: 10/11/2005

BNAS EDC N-G

In an effort to not devastate commuities hit with the economic wrecking ball of base closures, military property has been sold back to the respective communities at below market value via an EDC - Economic Development Conveyances. Proposed changes in the EDC language are now directing the Department of Defense to seek fair market value, which could cause futher economic hardship for Brunswick and BNAS. Snowe, Collins, Michaud and Allen are all expressing concern. See Snowe.

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NEWS OF: 8/25/2005

And About The BNAS Closing…

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen, BRAC

Rep. Tom Allen had this to say.

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NEWS OF: 8/24/2005

PNS Stays; BNAS Closes

VIEW ALL: BRAC

The BRAC panel has voted to close the Brunswick Naval Air Station while saving the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. A “good news, bad news day” for Maine. See Maine Today

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NEWS OF: 8/22/2005

D’oh D!

With BRAC Commissioners questioning DOD cost savings and Maine’s Representatives and Senators questioning military preparedness, the rationale to close PNS is being scrutinized and the fight to save the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is heating up. See: Snowe

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NEWS OF: 8/19/2005

“I don’t want to move and live in a cardboard box.”

VIEW ALL: BRAC

Nicely put by 6-year-old Kyle Kruse in a crayoned letter of concern for his father’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard job that he mailed to President Bush. Kyle was joined by about 180,000 others who have innundated BRAC commission members and the White House. No response yet from the White House as the President is busy enjoying the longest presidential vacation in at least 36 years - his 49th trip to his ranch since taking office and the 319th day that the President has spent in Crawford, Texas. All together? Nearly 20% of his presidency off the job. See Boston.com

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NEWS OF: 7/27/2005

Desperate House Lives

When Senators Snowe and Collins tried to bloc Maine’s base closures by attaching a lifesaving tidbit to a defense policy bill this week, Majority Leader Frist tried to quash the vote by limiting debate on the defense bill. The screaming fights expected once the Republican party held the majority have not been nearly as problematic as the GOP has simply gagged, silenced or literally pulled the mic plug on anyone with an opposing viewpoint, even moderate republicans. Frist was only able to round up 48 votes out of the necessary 60, so he temporarily ended debate on the defense bill, sending it into legislative limbo. See the Morning Sentinel.

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NEWS OF: 7/23/2005

Legislative Session II: The Wrath of BRAC

Discussions are underway about a special post-BRAC session of the Legislature to deal with the economic impact of closing Maine’s bases. And while Governor Baldacci is busy trying to wrap up the bond issue, a post-BRAC Maine may give birth to more bonds. See BDN

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NEWS OF: 7/20/2005

Bush: Here’s $182 Billion Dollars - Call Someone Who Cares

VIEW ALL: Iraq War, Tom Allen, Jobs, BRAC

With the cost of war in Iraq spiraling out of control, Rep. Tom Allen today criticized House republican leaders for shutting down debate on three democrat supported amendments while allowing consideration of one republican amendment to H.R. 2601, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act.

Shot down were Allen’s amendment vowing no permanent American military presence in Iraq, plus another concerning the withdrawal of American forces.

Going to the head of the class were Florida republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s suck-up amendment to continue the current policy of “stay the course.”

Reality check: as of 9:46 p.m.
- Cost of war in Iraq is estimated at $182,052,333,759
- Cost to Maine alone is over half a billion: $541,726,269.
- Lives lost: casualties tally
- Potential jobs lost to BRAC: over 7,000

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NEWS OF: 7/19/2005

Brunswick Naval Air Station BRAC’d

VIEW ALL: Gov. Baldacci, BRAC

The Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine, was placed on the list of facilities to be closed following BRAC commission voting Tuesday. See Maine Today or the Governor’s statement.

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NEWS OF: 6/17/2005

Snowe Secures BRAC Confirmation

VIEW ALL: Olympia Snowe, BRAC

BRAC Commission staff confirmed to Senator Snowe today that they will accept additional information and arguments after the New England hearing that is scheduled to take place on July 6th in Boston. See Snowe

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NEWS OF: 6/16/2005

4 Little Questions Re: BRAC Closures

VIEW ALL: Tom Allen, BRAC

1. What is its military value? Can it be fulfilled elsewhere?
2. How does the base fit in with U.S. military and security policies?
3. What cost savings, if any, will be realized through the proposed closure or realignment?
4. What would be the economic impact of the closure or realignment?
See Tom Allen

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NEWS OF: 6/15/2005

BRAC Up

VIEW ALL: Olympia Snowe, BRAC

“The Department of Defense should under no circumstances begin to take action on closing and realigning bases across the country before the BRAC process has come to an end,” according to Sen. Snowe who will do everything in her power to make sure that process goes on forever. See Sen. Snowe

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